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Industrial Commission to Uninsured Companies: “Pay up or go to Jail”

The Industrial Commission has set a hearing for May 22 for companies who have had claims drag on for years.

More than a dozen employers have been ordered to come to a hearing May 22 and settle a claim that has dragged for years. If the business owners don’t – and can’t settle a portion of the claim – they’ll be ordered to jail. Law enforcement will be sent to arrest those who don’t show up for the hearing, officials say.

Employers are required to carry workers compensation insurance. However, many employers do not in order to save money. Therefore, when a worker is injured and has a valid claim, he/she is left with a possible award or settlement that the employer has no intention of ever paying.

“In response to the issues you raised, we now have some concrete plans,” said Pamela Young, chairwoman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the state agency charged with enforcing the workers’ comp laws.

In addition to the May 22 contempt hearing, the commission will schedule other special hearings to deal with lingering uninsured cases. Commission staff reached out to nearly 100 workers who reported they’ve been injured on the job and whose company didn’t have coverage. Most of those cases had fallen through the cracks because the worker didn’t have an attorney to press for collection.

If you have been injured while at work and would like to speak with a bar certified workers compensation specialist, do not delay. Contact the Law Office of D Hardison Wood and speak with Attorney Adam Smith today.

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