Many victims of workplace accidents expect their workers' compensation claim to be handled in a courtroom, or perhaps in front of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. And many cases do end up in those venues. Still, this expectation can produce some stress when they receive notice that their claim is scheduled for mediation.
It's important to understand that under North Carolina's workers' compensation law, this is completely normal. In fact, a mediation notice is automatically generated when a workers' comp claim is filed.
Mediation is a perfectly fair and legitimate way of settling a workers' comp claim. You should not worry that something has gone wrong- it hasn't. The system is simply working as designed.
North Carolina's workers' compensation law defaults to mediation because this is an effective method of resolving any disputes or outstanding issues. With mediation, a workers' comp claim can be handled without the difficulty and inconvenience of a courtroom hearing. Your claim will be adjudicated by an impartial mediator who is knowledgeable about workers' comp issues.
It's obviously important to have someone on your side who understands the mediation process. Our lawyers have decades of experience navigating workers' comp mediation hearings and know how to make sure you get a fair shot.
If you live in North Carolina and you want to know how the state's workers' compensation law applies to your case, please call White & Stradley, PLLC today at 919-863-9397 or contact us online for a free consultation.