North Carolina South Carolina Workers’ Compensation
North Carolina Workers’ Compensation laws apply to employers with three more employees (with a few exceptions). These laws were created in order to provide monetary compensation for injured workers that have demonstrated a reduction in their earning capacity. The Workers’ Compensation Act also provides medical treatment to employees. An injured worker may be eligible to receive these benefits if they can show they suffered a compensable injury by accident or occupational disease in the course and scope of their employment.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission has sole jurisdiction in addressing any disputes concerning the benefits an injured worker may be entitled to receive under North Carolina Workers’ Compensation laws. However, there are certain notice requirements and forms that must be filed with the North Carolina Industrial Commission in order to assure an injured worker receives all the benefits they may be entitled to receive as the result of the injury at work.
An employer or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier may also take actions to prevent, terminate, or limit which benefits an injured worker receives as the result of their work injury.
It can be a complicated and confusing process to assure that an injured worker obtains all of the possible benefits they may be entitled to receive as the result of the injury at work. Unfortunately, the North Carolina Industrial Commission is not able to provide legal advice to injured workers.
Call Cardinal Law Partners with any questions about your workers’ compensation claim. We offer free consultations and all four of our attorneys are Board Certified in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law.
Workers’ compensation insurance companies are supposed to accept or deny a claim within 30 days of notice of the claim. However, the insurance company can ask for an extension of time up to 90 days to make a decision. More recently, the trend is for insurance companies to place conditions on their acceptances – they accept claims as “medical only” on a Form 63 or only accept some of the body parts that require treatment.
They certainly could be. If the injury is compensable, the worker might be entitled to medical compensation and possibly even compensation for a disability rating.