North Carolina Industrial Commission
North Carolina workers’ compensation law is administered by an administrative agency known as the North Carolina Industrial Commission
As it is bad if you are injured while working but it is good that your case will be dealt with in North Carolina. The North Carolina Industrial Commission is one of the reasons why you are fortunate that your case will be decided in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission is a body consisting of seven commissioners who devote their full time to the duties of the Commission. The commissioners serve for a period of six years. The law provides that not more than three appointees shall be persons who can be classified as representatives of employers and not more than three appointees who can be classified as representatives of employees.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission does a good job of administering workers’ compensation laws in a manner that is fair to both the employer and the employee. Members of the Commission work hard and take their jobs seriously.
The Industrial Commission serves as judges and juries and decides all issues of fact when there are factual disputes.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission has a huge workload and efficiently handles that workload even in spite of financial restraints imposed by North Carolina’s tight budget.
The Industrial Commission is on the cutting edge of technology and has created a web site which is recognized all across the country as the best workers’ compensation web site. The web site contains extremely valuable resources and tools for anyone who is interested in workers’ compensation law.
The current chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission is Mr. Buck Lattimore. Mr. Lattimore is an extremely skilled administrator and jurist. Under his leadership, the North Carolina Industrial Commission is careful to give all claimants and employers a good fair hearing without partiality to either side and, at the same time, efficiently disposes of cases so that there is no undue delay in rendering decisions. This is very important, especially from the standpoint of injured employees who need to have their cases heard quickly.
North Carolina taxpayers are served well by the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
North Carolina’s workers’ Compensation Act was enacted as a compromise between business and labor. With these workers’ compensation laws, the worker has an advantage of being able to recover, even when the injury is not a result of the negligence of the employer or of a co-employee. This is a great advantage to the worker since many, if not most, on-the-job injuries are not caused by negligence, but rather are caused by the general nature of the work involved. What labor has given up with these workers’ compensation laws is, however, the right to a full recovery.