If you have suffered an injury or occupational disease while on the job, the clock begins ticking on your legal rights on the date of injury. You must take immediate action to preserve your claim for workers compensation. You must document your claim and file the proper forms with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Without a knowledgeable attorney to assist you in filing the appropriate forms, you could lose the benefits that you are legally entitled to receive, such as medical care, weekly wage compensation, and monetary compensation for any permanent disability that you may have suffered as a result of your injury. There is no charge for an initial consultation in all workers compensation cases and there is no attorney fee if you do not receive benefits.