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.
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.
Our attorneys specialize in workman's comp, personal injury, and dispute resolution services.
We have have a long history of building long-term client relationships founded on trust and mutual respect.
With over 25 years of experience in civil litigation and thousands of cases mediated, Frank specializes in the fields of workers compensation and personal injury law.
Sherman Lee Criner
Sherman is Licensed to Practice Law in North and South Carolina. He has extensive education in law and the mediation practice, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.
Ashley M. Edwards
Ashley is a NC attorney and certified mediator in North and South Carolina, Ashley has represented hundreds of clients and mediated thousands of cases for attorneys, insurance carriers and private companies.
“These guys are awesome and care about their clients very much. I would suggest anyone hurt on the job to contact them. Cannot express my appreciation enough to them!"
“Ashley Edwards genuinely cares about his clients and holds himself to the highest standards in all of his professional interactions. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help navigating the workers compensation process."
“Ashley has been practicing compensation law in the greater Wilmington area for 15+ years. I have often turned to him for advice and counsel. He knows the law, is trustworthy, listens to his clients, and fights to do the right thing for them. He is my first call!"
“Mr Edwards made my case feel like it was his most important case. He is so caring and attentive."
“This was the first and only law firm I contacted after being injured. Everyone there has been on point concerning my case and extremely professional. I highly recommend contacting workers comp first if injured. It will be as if it's the most important case they have and they will not disappoint. Thank you to the entire team."
“Wonderful Experience under difficult circumstances. They helped me understand my rights and options under the law. Mr. Edwards took the time to help and meet with me whenever I had questions. He is highly recommended for his expert advice and service. "
“This is the place to go if you get hurt on the job Ashley and his paralegal Janet are really nice and super easy to talk to and they take the time to really listen to your problems and get you the help you need and deserve."
“They came out took out time to listen very smart he knows what he's talking about he heard me out and took my case under difficult sircumstances and i highly advise this is the law firm to consider."
“Sherman is one of the best mediators that I know---he is extremely proficient in Workers' Compensation Law and he is an outstanding communicator. I give Sherman my highest rating!"
“Great Experience with a caring lawyer who took the time to actually meet with me. He handled my case to the end and explained everything. Highly recommended."
“Ashley is very knowledgeable and relatable to his clients, to opposing counsel, and to all parties when acting as mediator. "
“Ashley didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear but he always told me the truth. He is very knowledgeable and professional... I would highly recommend Ashley if you feel the need to hire an attorney. "
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