The North Carolina Industrial Commission plays a huge role in the administration of the state's workers' compensation law. It is the agency tasked with ensuring that workers' comp works according to its intent and that everyone is treated fairly by the system.
As such, the NCIC might come into play should you file a workers' comp claim. You'll want a lawyer with a firm understanding of the dynamics at the Commission and experience in working with it.
Here's what you need to know about the NCIC:
- The Commission is governed by a Chairman, six Commissioners and twenty one Deputy Commissioners
- The NCIC handles tens of thousands of cases every year
- If your initial claim is denied by the insurance company, your appeal will be heard by a deputy commissioner
- Either party can appeal a Deputy Commissioner’s decision. At that point, the case comes before the full commission
- You should think of the Commission hearings as essentially judicial affairs, not much different from a courtroom case. As such, an experienced lawyer is vital.
Hopefully the insurance company will pay you the benefits you deserve and you won't have to go before the Commission. However, that might well be necessary. Our lawyers can help ensure you get a fair hearing in front of the commissioners.
If you're a North Carolina resident and you need a lawyer who has experience before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, please call White & Stradley, PLLC today at 919-863-9397 for a free consultation.