North Carolina Workers' Compensation Benefits

Recovery under North Carolina’s workers’ compensation law falls into five basic categories:

  1. Wage replacement. NC workers’ comp law provides that an injured worker unable to work is entitled to tax-free benefits calculated by two-thirds of their average weekly wage until they are able to return to work.
  2. Payment of all related medical expenses. Injured workers should not be charged directly by the medical providers, employers are required to pay all approved medical bills.
  3. Compensation for permanent impairment to a part of the body. Learn about how North Carolina calculates the impairment value of each impaired body part.
  4. Payment for disfigurement. Additional benefits for disfigurement are provided under NC law, however there are limits.
  5. Death benefits. Special statutes of limitations apply to workers' comp death benefits.