Q If my employer is late in paying my weekly workers’ compensation benefits, what can I do?
If a North Carolina employer is more than 14 days late in making a workers’ compensation payment, the Industrial Commission will impose a 10% penalty. This penalty should give enough incentive to the employer to pay benefits on time. In the event that an employer continues to delay payments or fails to make payments, the injured worker should contact the workers' compensation carrier. If this still proves to be ineffective, the worker can file a motion with the Executive Secretary's Office and request the 10% late penalty fee for each payment that is more than 14 days late. Be sure to maintain and include proper documentation throughout the process, which a workers' compensation lawyer can assist you with.