North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system protects employees who are injured on the job by replacing lost wages while they recover. The state Industrial Commission (www.comp.state.nc.us/) administers the law.
The system works as a no-fault guarantee. Employees who can show they were hurt while working can receive a portion of their earnings and paid medical care for the injuries suffered. They needn’t prove that their employer was negligent. In exchange for the no-fault guarantee, workers can’t sue for negligence and collect far more than just lost wages and medical payments.
In some situations, employees aren’t eligible for workers’ comp payments. For example, they can’t collect benefits if the injury:
- Isn’t accidental within the meaning of the law (intentional acts of co-workers are considered accidental since the injured worker could not have anticipated them in the normal course of work).
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