What is the North Carolina Industrial Commission?

If you or someone you know is involved in a workers’ comp claim, you might hear the name “North Carolina Industrial Commission” thrown around and wonder what it is. The North Carolina Industrial Commission is an agency created by the state of North Carolina charged with the job of administering The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. This agency has the authority to administer this act and judge and monitor workers’ compensation claims.

The Industrial Commission’s main job is to process workers’ compensation claims, but it does much more than just processing paperwork. This agency is like a court unto itself, with judges who hold evidentiary and administrative hearings with lawyers arguing their cases. It also helps with mediations where two parties are in conflict.

As their mission statement states, the North Carolina Industrial Commission strives to maintain fairness in workers’ compensation cases in the following manner:

  • Providing reliable, accurate and efficient claims servicing;
  • Providing quick resolutions to disputed issues in an administrative forum;
  • Reviewing status of insurance coverage for employers subject to the Workers’ Compensation Act;
  • Promoting active resolution of disputes through mediation;
  • Resolving controversies by rendering impartial and well-reasoned decisions;
  • Facilitating high quality, effective medical care and rehabilitation for injured workers in complex medical/legal situations;
  • Providing education and training to employers to reduce accident potential in the workplace;
  • Providing prompt, efficient medical bill review in accordance with the NCIC Medical Fees Schedule;
  • Investigating potential criminal violations of the NC Workers’ Compensation Act, insuring compliance and confidence in our state’s workers’ compensation system.

 

For more information, check out their website here.

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