North Carolina lawmakers seek to slash care for injured workers — push burden onto taxpayers

A grassroots educational campaign is underway to educate the public on lawmakers’ plans to reduce the rights of workers injured in North Carolina at the request of the insurance lobby and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, which represents business interests.

Our Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers urge voters to contact their lawmakers and make their opposition heard. Without complaint from those whose benefits will be taken away — and those who cast their votes– politicians will repay campaign contributions by cutting the critical benefits injured workers rely upon to care for themselves and their families.

The insurance industry wants to:
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-Cut off benefits after less than 10 years, even for severely injured workers, such as those who have been paralyzed.

-Force injured workers back to work in low paying jobs with few benefits and little chance for advancement.

-Shift the cost of caring for such workers to taxpayers, through programs like Social Security, Disability, Medicaid and Medicare.

Even if you are not injured. Even if you have no experience with the life-line of workers’ compensation benefits, it should give every voter in North Carolina pause when they stop and realize that these people are still going to need basic benefits with which to survive. Instead of those benefits being paid by the insurance companies making millions in profits from selling workers’ compensation insurance, the insurance and business industries want you, the taxpayer, to foot the bill.

We posted a letter on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog recently. And we urge each and every one of you reading this to take a moment to send a letter or make a call to your lawmakers. You never know, it could be your future benefits or the benefits of a loved one that you are protecting.

Here you can find contact information for North Carolina lawmakers in your area.

Our workers’ compensation lawyers in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and throughout the state offer free and confidential appointments to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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