What Is Workers’ Compensation?

To protect an injured worker from loss of income if injured at work and for payment of medical bills, the State Legislature adopted the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. The legislative intent of the Act is to make employers responsible for the injuries of their employees who were injured by accident in the furtherance of the employer’s business. This Act provides workers with full compensation for medical bills and partial compensation for lost wages if they have been injured on the job. The Act also compensates injured workers for any permanent disability or lasting inability to earn the same wages due to the compensable accident.

While the rules and regulations governing claims under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act are complex, we believe it is important that you have a basic understanding of what the term “Workers’ Compensation” means. Workers’ compensation is a “no fault” system which means you usually don’t have to show your employer did anything wrong to have caused your injury. You simply have to prove you were injured while working as a result of an accident.