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North Carolina Injured Employee Workers Compensation Benefits

Important workers compensation benefit information for injured North Carolina employees

North Carolina Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Medical benefits for injured North Carolina workers are paid without regard to length of disability or amount of cost.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in North Carolina -

  • The North Carolina employer or its insurance company, subject to any Commission orders, provides and directs medical treatment. The employee may petition the Commission to change physicians or approve a physician of employee’s selection when good grounds are shown. However, payment by the employer or carrier is not guaranteed unless written permission to change physicians is obtained from the employer, carrier, or Commission before the treatment is rendered.

North Carolina Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • No compensation is due for the first seven (7) days of lost time unless the disability exceeds 21 days. Therefore, the first check will not include payment for days 1-7. Payment for those days will be made should the disability continue beyond 21 days.
    • An Injured worker's wage paid is 66 2/30% of their wage.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $30.
    • The weekly maximum is $816, 110% of the North Carolina state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is the length of disability.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • An Injured worker's wage paid is 66 2/30% of their wage.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $30.
    • The weekly maximum is $816, 110% of the North Carolina state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is the length of disability.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • An Injured worker's wage paid is 66 2/30% of their wage.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $30.
    • The weekly maximum is $816, 110% of the North Carolina state average weekly wage.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries have a maximum period of payments of 300 weeks.
      • Non-scheduled injuries maximum amount is $244,800.


North Carolina Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • If death results proximately from a compensable injury or occupational disease and within six years thereafter, or within two years of the final determination of disability, whichever is later, the employer shall pay or cause to be paid, subject to the provisions of other sections of this Article, weekly payments of compensation equal to sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the average weekly wages of the deceased employee at the time of the accident, but not more than the amount established annually to be effective October 1 as provided in G.S. 97-29, nor less than thirty dollars ($30.00), per week, and burial expenses not exceeding three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500), to the person or persons entitled (dependents).


North Carolina workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Attorney fees for representation of injured North Carolina workers are approved on a case-by-case basis by the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.ic.nc.gov/



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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