Unpaid time off from any job quickly can cause financial difficulties for Guilford County workers. When loss of work time is due to an injury, significant medical expenses add to the burden. Benefits, paid through employer-paid workers' compensation insurance, cover these losses for employees with occupational injuries or illnesses.
Health care coverage applies to injury-related hospitalizations, surgeries, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, medical travel expenses and other medical costs. Medical benefits are paid as long as "reasonably necessary," as determined by the state Industrial Commission in accordance with guidelines in the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act.