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    Default Eight Months Have Passed

    I work in a cabinet shop, about eight months ago I was carrying a sheet of plywood when I felt a small twinge in my forarm. At the time I did not think much about it, over the following month it got progressively worse. I was in the doctors office for a different problem, when I asked the doctor about my arm. He immediately said it's your neck. He scheduled me for an MRI and an appointment with a neurosurgeon, and sure enough I had a ruptured disc at c5 c6. So long story short I'm sitting here after 8 months of conservative treatment. And around 8 thousand dollars poorer, the injury crept up so slowly that there was no big event just a slow progression. And a lot of missed work. I don't know how workmens comp works. Do I have a leg to stand on, can I receive care for my injury from workers comp? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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    Default Re: Eight Months Have Passed

    File a injury report with your employer, they file with their WC carrier, and a determination will be made to accept/deny the claim.
    You should have filed this as soon as your Dr indicated the injury is even related to your work. The delay may or may not be cause for denial.

    If you are delayed/denied benefits, talk to a WC attorney as the claim will have to be litigated. There is generally no cost up front for WC attys.

    Follow the links here for info on WC in AR http://www.awcc.state.ar.us/

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    Default Re: Eight Months Have Passed

    Don't do what BvIA says in the order that BvIA suggested. You need to talk to the work comp lawyer first, before you file a claim. Filing a claim and getting denied before you talk to a lawyer is not the best way to do it. You need to discuss the situation with a work comp lawyer before you start this chain of events. Send me a PM if you want a detailed explanation of why. And stop posting details online.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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