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Commission in charge of state's workers' compensation to change

Workers throughout the state of North Carolina expect to be able to do their job each day without suffering an injury. Because this does not always happen however, most businesses in the state are required to purchase a workers' compensation insurance policy. When a worker is hurt while doing something in conjunction with his or her job, that individual may decide to seek benefits via a workers' compensation claim. There are many instances in which this may be appropriate including situations where a worker must miss work to recover from an injury. In some cases such benefits are vital to keep a worker from financial ruin.

Readers of this blog may be aware of issues the state of North Carolina has recently experienced regarding its workers' compensation system. Last year tens of thousands of businesses throughout the state were found to be in violation of the requirement of carrying workers' compensation insurance. In some cases, employers were ordered to make workers' compensation payments to injured employees but failed to do so. This left many injured workers in the lurch, undoubtedly with mounting debt.

The Industrial Commission does many things in state of North Carolina including determining whether an injured worker should receive the benefits sought. It is likely due at least in part to these issues that the North Carolina Industrial Commission will be overhauled. It is expected that six commissioners will be removed within the next few months. Whether the change will have the desired outcome for workers throughout the state remains to be seen. What is clear however is that injured workers should be at least afforded the opportunity to try to obtain workers' compensation benefits.

Source: News & Observer, "NC legislators seek clean slate for embattled Industrial Commission," Mandy Locke, Feb. 9, 2013

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