Understanding the Role of the NC Industrial Commission

Many North Carolinians have never heard of the NC Industrial Commission. They’re not aware of its existence, let alone its role in the day-to-day lives of many in the Tarheel State.

Eventually, many NC residents learn about the commission when they get hurt at work. It can be helpful for your case to understand the history of the commission and the role it plays in these situations.

History of the commission

The NC Industrial Commission was formed by the state General Assembly in 1929 after the passing of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. The commission was necessary to administer the act and ensure employers in the state appropriately followed the law.

Today, there are six commissioners appointed by the Governor for terms of six years to the commission. One of those members is the chairperson. Philip A. Baddour, III currently serves as the Chair of the NC Industrial Commission after being appointed by Governor Roy Cooper in 2017.

Requesting a hearing with the commission

The commission oversees the entire workers’ comp process in the state – so when you believe you’ve been wrongfully denied workers comp benefits then you request a hearing with the NC Industrial Commission.

You can find important forms necessary for your case on the NCIC website. They will handle cases from employees, employers, and nursing and medical rehabilitation centers. Before you file, though, you should speak to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

Your case before the commission

When your case is accepted and a hearing is granted before the commission, your attorney will handle most of the work. That’s why it’s imperative to select an attorney who has experience dealing with the commission and arguing workers’ comp claims.

If you’re successful, the NCIC will order your employer to pay the benefits you’re owed. This will include back pay for the time you weren’t being paid workers’ comp and a schedule of payments moving forward. You may also be able to get your attorney fees covered or recouped by your employer if the commission rules in your favor. If your case fails then you will not receive compensation for attorney fees.

Attorney Ralph Bryant has been handling cases in front of the NC Industrial Commission since 1992. This extensive experience in this area of NC workers’ compensation is unmatched. Contact his law firm today for an attorney committed to justice who can get you the compensation you’re owed.

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