Filing a Form 18 for North Carolina Workers Comp
The first step in filing for a workers comp claim is to submit a form 18. There are several steps you must take in order to have a workers’ comp case and eventually benefitting from a settlement. We asked John Hedrick several questions about this form and how you should go about filing your workers’ comp claim. Here are all of the questions you may have about a form 18 and how to fill one out answered by John Hedrick himself. If you have not yet filed for a work injury that has recently occurred, you can download a form 18 PDF at the end of this article in order to get the process started.
What is a Form 18 in a Workers Comp Case?
A Form 18 is a very important document that must be filed in order to have a case for a workers compensation claim. Once form 18 is filed by an employee, the insurer will have a 30-day deadline to admit or deny the claim. They file a form 60 for admission or a form 61 for denial. If the claim is denied, the employee will then have the option to file a Form 33, which is a request for a hearing.
Why Would a Form 18 be Denied by an Insurer?
It is a question of whether or not the claim is compensable. If the claim is denied, they should immediately consult their workers’ compensation attorney to determine if the claim was rightfully or wrongfully denied. According to Mr. Hedrick, about 75% of the claims that are denied can be covered in a workers’ compensation case.
How Long do You Have to File a Form 18?
Form 18 must be filed within 2 years from the date that the injury occurred or it must be filed within 2 years from when the employer or insurer last paid for medical treatment. For example, if an employee was injured on the job and is given medical treatment by the employer, this extends the date to which form 18 must be filed.
How to File a Form 18?
The form can be filed in 2 different ways. It can be filed either by mail, or through email. Your form must be sent to the industrial commission via one of these two methods. If you need help filing a form 18, we are glad to walk you through the process and help you with your workers’ comp case.
Where to Get a Form 18
You can download the form for free right here as a PDF document.
Contact John Hedrick Today
If you have been injured on the job recently, you should know that naviagting through a workers’ compensation case may be a difficult and tidious process. That is why you should hire professional help to win your case! John Hedrick has been practicing in the field of workers’ comp law for over 25 years and has seen dozens of cases just like yours. If you are located anywhere in the North Carolina area and need help with a case, the Law Office of John Hedrick is only one call away.