Branch Vincent, III, a workers compensation lawyer at the Vincent Law Firm in North Carolina, wants to help workers injured on the job who are not receiving the benefits and lost wages they rightfully deserve.
Online PR News – 29-January-2013 – Southern Shores – Branch Vincent, III, a workers compensation lawyer at the Vincent Law Firm in North Carolina, wants to help workers injured on the job who are not receiving the benefits and lost wages they rightfully deserve. “Many employers break the law by not carrying workers compensation which causes injured workers who cannot work to rely on government assistance to survive.”
The issue with noncompliance of workers compensation is shocking. In April 2012, a Raleigh News and Observerarticle stated a staggering statistic that over 30,000 North Carolina employers had not maintained workers compensation insurance as the law mandates. Since the original April article, the North Carolina Industrial Commission has cracked down on those not maintaining coverage.
But the issue of injured workers not being compensated for lost wages is still a huge problem. Another recent article in the News and Observer indicated somewhat of a debate as to how to handle this issue. There are several options open for discussion but different interested parties have differing opinions. One alternative is to establish a plan similar to South Carolina’s efforts where a fee is attached to every workers compensation policy. The fee goes into a fund that helps injured workers financially until workers compensation payments start. Some officials believe that this is like putting a bandage on an open sore rather than figuring out why the wound does not heal. Others believe that is unfair to make those employers who abide by the law pay for the mistakes of those who chose not to pay for workers compensation insurance.
While this issue is definitely at the forefront of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the injured workers need help now. They cannot wait for the government to come up with a solution.Vincent believes that “it is imperative that someone look out for those who are hurt, cannot work and have nowhere to turn.” He also says that “steps must be taken to ensure that every employer pays their fair share to not only help their workers injured on the job but to insist that they do the right thing.”
For more information about this matter or to talk about a specific issue, contact, Branch Vincent, III, a North Carolina personal injury attorney at the Vincent Law Firm, at (252) 261-5477 or toll free (800) 471-3409 or via email.