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Raleigh News & Observer Reports that Advocates are Pushing N.C. Lawmakers to Create a Safety Net for Injured Workers

Raleigh_07032014Last April, the News & Observer reported that 30,000 or more employers do not carry the workers' compensation insurance required under North Carolina law, leaving thousands of workers vulnerable if they were to become injured on the job. The paper reports that advocates are now pushing North Carolina lawmakers to create a program that would provide a safety net for workers who are injured on the job and are unable to collect compensation from their employers.

The program would help workers who can't collect benefits because their employers did not have workers' compensation insurance and who then went out of business or just plain refused to pay the benefits. Some workers can fight their employer for years trying to get the benefits that the courts have ruled they deserve, only to have to rely on government programs such as Medicaid or food stamps in order to get the support they need.

The N&O reported that at least half of the states in the country have programs that offer compensation to workers who are hurt while working for companies that do not carry the required insurance. South Carolina has one such program, and it brings in about $18 million a year through a fee assessed on workers' compensation policies.

Advocates also suggest better enforcement of existing rules, including penalties for those who don't carry the insurance.

North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers

If you have been injured on the job and your employer does not have the required workers' compensation insurance, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you fight to get the benefits you may deserve for your injuries. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out how one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers attorneys may be able to help you.

NC Gov. Bev Perdue Forms Panel to Investigate Ways to Enforce Workers’ Compensation Policies

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue issued an executive order in August to form a task force to look for ways to crack down on businesses that are not paying workers' compensation taxes or buying the proper insurance.

The panel will be comprised of representatives from several state agencies and advocacy groups. It will be led by Wayne Goodwin, the state Insurance Commissioner.

Perdue has charged the panel with finding a way to crack down on employers who incorrectly classify employees as a way to avoid buying the proper workers' compensation insurance policy.

WorkersComp8_07312014The News & Observer reported that some businesses are incorrectly classifying employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying for the costly workers' compensation insurance needed to cover them in case of injury. In April, the newspaper reported that at least 30,000 businesses in the state do not carry workers' compensation insurance at all (even though they are required to do so).

The panel may consider drafting new legislation to address these problems, or it could recommend easier ways to report suspected violations. The N&O reported that agencies currently do not have a good system in place to communicate with one another about suspected violations.

Perdue's task force is asked to submit reports every six months with its recommendations. The first report is due in early 2013.

North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers

If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and find out if one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you.

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4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
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Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
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Fayetteville, NC 28304
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Charlotte, NC 28203
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New Bern, NC 28562
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Greenville, NC 27858
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Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
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Goldsboro, NC 27530
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514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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