Workers' Comp Blog

Accidents can happen at work no matter how hard you try to prevent them.  Here are some helpful tips so you can avoid complications with the workers’ compensation insurance company if you have been injured on the job. 1. Call 911 if it is a true emergency. 2. Report the injury to your employer as soon as practicable - even if you don’t think you need medical treatment right away.     3. Seek medical treatment in a timely manner.  Don’t wait until the injury worsens.  
The North Carolina Industrial Commission is the governing body of workers’ compensation claims in this state.  Deputy Commissioners (essentially judges) hear the testimony of injured workers and witnesses, doctors are deposed and the Deputy Commissioner makes a ruling on the case based on all of the evidence.  In the last few years, there has been quite some turnover at the Commission.  This transition has resulted in different Deputy Commissioners rendering decisions on cases that were heard by other Deputy Commissioners.
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