Appealing to the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC)
About the North Carolina Industrial Commission
The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1929 to administer and enforce the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act. In 1949, its authority was expanded to also administer the Tort Claims Act (claims against the state for civil wrongdoing).
The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) currently processes Workers' Compensation (also known as Workman's Comp claims, Workmen's Comp claims, Workers Comp claims, Workers' Comp claims, or even simply WC claims) for the State of North Carolina. This includes administrative and evidentiary hearings before judges known as Special Deputy Commissioners, the Executive Secretary, Deputy Commissioners and Commissioners. This also includes sending cases to mediated settlement conferences, processing motions, handling appeals, and other such work in administering claims under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act.
A closer look at the NCIC
The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) is governed by a chairperson and six commissioners. Contested Workers' Compensation claims are initially heard for evidentiary hearings by Deputy Commissioners at the county level. Medical motions and other motions, such as Form 24’s, are heard by Special Deputy Commissioners in Raleigh. The Full Commission (six commissioners and the chair) typically hears cases when a Deputy Commissioner's ruling is appealed by one or both parties. Both employers and employees have the right to appeal decisions made by the Full North Carolina Industrial Commission to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, followed by the North Carolina Supreme Court, under certain circumstances.
Two of the attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin previously worked at the North Carolina Industrial Commission (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.
About our team of workers' compensation attorneys
In addition, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has several North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation Law.
Several of our Workers' Compensation attorneys have also worked as defense lawyers for the insurance industry at earlier times of their careers. These attorneys have seen Workers' Compensation cases from both sides. In addition, several of our Workers' Compensation attorneys have more than 10 years of Workers' Compensation and/or civil litigation experience. Many of our paralegals also have more than 10 years of experience in Workers' Compensation, and several of the firm's staff members are bilingual in both Spanish and English.
Workers' compensation cases can be complicated. Knowing what to do can be confusing. We may be able to help. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. We're on your side.