About the North Carolina Industrial Commission
What injured workers should know about the NCIC
If you are injured on the job, you will need to report your injury to your employer and seek out appropriate medical treatment. One of your next steps will be for you or your attorney to file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC).
Many people may not be familiar with the NCIC until they are injured at work or have a loved one who is injured or killed in a workplace accident. The agency likely will play an important role in the outcome of your case.
What is the NCIC?
The NCIC is an agency that was created in 1929 to administer the North Carolina Workers Compensation Act (among other administrative tasks).
The agency includes a Commission Chair and five Commissioners. According to the official website for the NCIC, the mission of the agency is to administer the Workers’ Compensation Act and Tort Claims Act for the State of North Carolina and its citizens in an effective and fair manner.
The Mission of the NCIC
The NCIC states that its mission is to do the following:
- Provide claims servicing
- Provide quick resolutions to disputed issues in an administrative forum
- Review the status of insurance coverage for employers subject to the Workers’ Compensation Act
- Promote resolution of disputes through mediation
- Resolve controversies by rending impartial and well-reasoned decisions
- Help injured workers involved in complex medical or legal situations obtain effective medical care and rehabilitation
- Provide education and training for employers to reduce the risk of workplace injuries
- Provide medical bill review in accordance with the NCIC Medical Fees Schedule
- Investigate potential criminal violations of the Workers’ Compensation Act
The role of a workers’ compensation lawyer
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we understand how stressful your life can become after a workplace accident or if your loved one is dealing with the aftermath of a serious injury. We are here to protect the rights of injured workers. One of our jobs is to help clients navigate the system, which may include filing a claim or appeal with the NCIC.
Two of the attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin previously worked at the NCIC. Doug Berger served as a Deputy Commissioner and heard full evidentiary hearings resulting in his ruling on the law and facts of a case. He also supervised the North Carolina Industrial Commission's Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit, and later managed its Claims Administration Department. Matthew Harbin served as a Special Deputy Commissioner dealing with such issues as settlement approvals, weekly benefit termination and disputed medical treatment.
Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
Injuries at work can create serious hardships. The impact of the accident can be felt financially, physically and emotionally. With so much on the line, it’s important to try to make sure your rights are fully protected.
Contact a North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney if you or a loved one was injured at work. We are experienced lawyers. Some of our attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation Law. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we put experience and resources to work for our clients.