February 28, 2013
The North Carolina’s Auditor Office has released a report saying the state agency that oversees North Carolina Workers’ Compensation claims hasn’t done enough to ensure employers purchase coverage to cover expenses in case of an accident.
Insurance Journal explained how an investigation into businesses in North Carolina’s compliance with workers’ compensation coverage laws discovered there were as many as 11,000 businesses that canceled their coverage or let it lapse over the course of a year. Roughly 30,000 businesses required to have coverage simply did not.
State Auditor Beth Wood pointed out this lack of coverage often leaves an injured employee covering costly medical bills, while suffering lost wages from being unable to work.
The report went on to claim the commission had not worked hard enough to enforce workers compensation coverage laws by levying fines against companies in violation of regulations or at collecting previously assessed penalties.
The commission stated it is working on a new system of tracking down companies that are required to have coverage and do not. Furthermore, they are considering hiring outside bill collectors to gather fines that have already been issued.
The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst explain workers have a legal right to a safe and healthy workplace. That is why the firm may be able to help if you have been injured in a workplace accident that occurred at no fault of your own.