North Carolina Industrial Commission
Although getting hurt or becoming ill due to a job is not good, workers should feel better knowing it is good that work injury cases are handled the way they are 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 has a history 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. (Remember, work injury claims are handled differently than personal injury claims.)
The North Carolina Industrial Commission has a huge workload and efficiently handles that workload even in spite of financial restraints imposed by the state'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 a top workers’ compensation resource. The 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. Charlton L. Allen. He is an extremely skilled administrator and jurist. Under his leadership, the North Carolina Industrial Commission is careful to give all claimants and employers a 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’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.