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North Carolina Steps Up Workers’ Comp Fraud Investigations

July 12, 2018

Identifying businesses not complying with workers’ compensation laws is an ongoing obstacle that North Carolina has faced for a number of years. According to the NC Industrial Commission, auditors have worked tirelessly to identify these companies and their efforts are finally paying off. As North Carolina continues to step up their workers’ comp fraud investigations, the number of fines they’ve collected from businesses increases.

By the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2017-2018, the North Carolina Industrial Commission Compliance and Fraud Investigation Division collected more than $5.1 million in penalties. This amount is a notable increase compared to the $1.15 million they collected in the first three quarters of fiscal year 2016-2017.

What’s Changed?

The main reason behind the increase in penalty fines is due to the way fraud cases are assigned to investigators. Cases are identified and assigned much quicker than they were previously, which has brought up the amount of completed investigations. Before, it could take a year to a year and a half for cases to be assigned. Now they’re given to investigators within three months – a major improvement!

Pay Attention to Your Company’s Workers’ Comp Policies

It’s crucial that all businesses have a workers’ compensation plan in place to ensure the safety their employees. There’s nothing more infuriating and emotionally distressing than finding out your business is uninsured after receiving an injury at work, and then trying to work through the claims process, upcoming medical fees, and lost wages. In North Carolina, businesses must have workers’ compensation insurance if they regularly employ three or more employees.

If you’ve been injured on the job and your employer is not complying with worker’s comp law, or if you want to protect yourself and your fellow employees before an accident occurs, contact Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys. There is absolutely no reason for you, a loved one, or another employee to be left with financial difficulties or long-term injuries without appropriate coverage. Help North Carolina continue identifying noncompliant companies and pay attention to the role your business plays in workers’ compensation.