Per the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, Article 1, Section 97-31, there are is a schedule of injuries. This provision serves as a guideline for how much an injured worker should be awarded for certain losses.
- Loss of a thumb – 66 and two-thirds percentage of the average weekly wages for 75 weeks
- Loss of a great tow – 66 and two-thirds percentage of the average weekly wage for 35 weeks
- Loss of a hand – 66 and two-thirds percent of the average weekly wage for 200 weeks
- Loss of a foot – 66 and two-thirds percent of average weekly wage for 144 weeks
- Serious facial or head disfigurement – a proper award not to exceed $20,000
The list goes on like this. Many other states have similar guidelines, and they are fairly straightforward. However, as the recent case of Goff v. W. Va. Office of Ins. Comm’r shows, sometimes there are complicating factors. Continue reading