In a recent article, the magazine Claims details an egregious example of abuse by two supervisors who had been responsible for enforcing the Workers’ Compensation program at a paper manufacturing facility in California. The two supervisors eventually pled guilty to charges that they had denied benefits related to legitimate workers’ compensation claims. Injured employees alleged that the supervisors drove them to a “company doctor” who was not really a doctor; remained in the examination room while the workers were being examined; and tried to influence the evaluation of the workers’ conditions and the treatment prescribed by the “doctor.” The supervisors, who are now awaiting sentencing, also apparently succeeded in dissuading a number of employees from ever filing workers’ compensation claims.
In a recent decision (North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association v. Board of Trustees of Guilford Technical Community College), the Supreme Court of North Carolina stated that “The legislative intent behind the Workers’ Compensation Act has always been to provide workers secure, timely compensation.” Thus, if you have been injured while on the job in North Carolina, or while working for a North Carolina-based company, you should pursue your rights confidently. You have the right to an impartial evaluation of your medical condition. In most circumstances, you should be compensated for your medical treatment and, if necessary, receive disability payments if a doctor orders you to take more than a certain number of days off work.
If you are considering filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, or you feel that your claim has been unfairly denied, you should consult an experienced North Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorney.
The attorneys at Lee & Smith have handled Workers’ Compensation cases throughout North Carolina. For a free consultation regarding your workers’ compensation case, please contact us by phone or email.