The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) is the governing body that administers and enforces the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Headquartered in Raleigh, the NCIC was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1929 in order to streamline that administrative process of filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. In 1949, the NCIC was further expanded to also have authority over the Tort Claims Act, which deals with civil actions for injury or wrongdoing.
What Does the North Carolina Industrial Commission Do?
Primarily, the NCIC deals with the process of filing a Workers’ Compensation claim throughout North Carolina. This means that anytime a Workers’ Compensation claim is filed, the NCIC is a part of every step of the process. To accomplish this, the NCIC oversees a variety of administrative and evidentiary hearings through a hierarchy of officers. The NCIC also has broad power to order mediation, process appeals, and generally insure that the Workers’ Compensation process runs efficiently.
How is the North Carolina Industrial Commission Structured?
The NCIC is a formal administrative body that follows a strict hierarchy. At the top of the organizational chart, the NCIC is run through a committee of a chairperson and six commissioners. Situated directly blow these officers are a large amount of deputy commissioners who are stationed through the state by county. The Deputy Commissioners primarily run the everyday work of processing Workers’ Compensation claims through the use of evidentiary hearings and mediation. Due to this fact, the Deputy Commissioners make the initial determination of accepting or denying a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Following a ruling by a Deputy Commissioner, a worker or an employer can appeal to a hearing before the Commissioners and Chairperson. This hearing is structured like a trial with evidence being presented and witnesses being called. Following this hearing, the employer or the worker may appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and finally the North Carolina Supreme Court.
If you or someone you know has been injured while at work, you should Contact Us for a free Workers’ Compensation consultation. By contacting an experienced Worker’s Compensation attorney, you will receive valuable legal advice and an experienced guide through the complex Worker’s Compensation process.
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