What is Workers' Compensation?

Workers' compensation provides benefits to injured employees

Most employees in North Carolina are covered under workers' compensation, but an insurance company for an employer may deny coverage or cut off benefits prematurely. If you or your loved one was injured at work and needs assistance with a workers' compensation claim, it's important to speak with an experienced North Carolina workers' compensation attorney.

Call 1-866-900-7078 today for a free case evaluation and to learn more. You may be entitled to any number of types of workers' compensation benefits. Let a determined lawyer at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin assist you with filing your workers' compensation claim.

NC Workers' Compensation — The Basics

North Carolina Workers' Compensation laws may provide monetary compensation and non-monetary benefits as well as medical benefits to employees who experience accidents, injuries or occupational diseases on-the-job. NC Workers' Compensation (also known as Workman's Comp, Workmen's Comp, Workers Comp, Workers' Comp, Work Comp, Worker Comp, or even simply WC) is designed to protect workers and their dependents against hardships due to injury or death arising out of the work environment.

NC Workers' Compensation laws apply to any employer with three or more employees, subject to limited exceptions. They are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with fair compensation. NC Workers' Compensation laws also provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses.

The jurisdiction of all North Carolina Worker's Compensation cases lies with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC), which rules on and administers the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act as provided for by the North Carolina General Assembly.

There are three basic ways a person can become eligible for NC Workers' Compensation:

  • Injury By Accident: The interruption of the regular work routine due to an unusual circumstance. Examples include an employee working in a warehouse and a forklift drives over his foot, or an employee working in construction who falls from a ladder. In general, the injury can not occur while the employee is performing a task the same way as always (e.g., he is bending down to lift a box when his knee pops).
  • Specific Traumatic Injury: An exception to the doctrine of injury by accident in which a person can get compensation for performing a normal task, but sustains a neck or back injury in a specific incident that may not be an accident.
  • Occupational Disease: A disease to which the employment was a significant factor in the disease's development and the employment exposed the worker to a greater risk of contracting the disease than the public generally. Examples include a manufacturing mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure); or a factory worker who develops carpel tunnel syndrome from repetitive motion. Conditions specifically listed in the NC Workers' Compensation Act include asbestosis, silicosis, synovitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis and chemical exposure.

Contact a North Carolina workers' compensation attorney

Workers' Compensation laws in North Carolina are complicated. Knowing what to do can be difficult. We can help. Our experienced Workers' Compensation attorneys can guide you through the system to potentially maximize your NC Workers' Compensation benefits — from the initial filing of a claim, to helping you obtain care or other NC Workers' Compensation benefits for problems related to the initial injury that the law may provide.

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