State agency tasked with monitoring workers’ comp claims not keen on doing job

The North Carolina Industrial Commission, a state agency tasked with the role of ensuring that people are compensated for workplace injuries, may not be properly handling this responsibility. Reports that it has not properly monitored whether companies have been acquiring insurance for their employees have been made, the state’s internal government watchdog said.

According to State Auditor Beth Woods, such action of the agency can cause workers’ compensation problems for employees, who may not know whether their employers can afford to give them guaranteed payment for lost work, injuries, and expensive medical costs.

Wood added that employees are further disadvantaged as the only time they might know of their companies’ failure to get insurance is after they have already suffered a loss and filed a claim.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported in 2012 that there are as many as 30,000 employers who don’t carry insurance.

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