Late Checks? Call Us.
Injured North Carolina employees who miss work due to disability are entitled to weekly disability checks. Timely delivery of these weekly checks is essential for both the injured workers and their families.
Have your checks been arriving on time, and every week? If not, give Ricci Law Firm a call. Here’s what you need to know:
Insurers are prohibited from stopping benefits without court approval.
Under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, an insurer must request approval from the North Carolina Industrial Commission before cutting off your benefits. Even if the insurer believes you may be working somewhere else or that you are healed and no longer disabled, the insurer is not allowed to cut off your benefits without following specific steps outlined in the Workers’ Compensation Act. Ricci Law Firm regularly fights insurers who have illegally cut off the benefits of injured workers. Options include filing a motion at the Industrial Commission, filing a request for hearing, or filing a form requesting the reinstatement of benefits. Let Ricci Law Firm decide which option is right for your situation.
Insurers often intentionally delay or miss payments.
In some cases, late payments or missed payments are the result of a true accident. Insurance adjusters may forget to pay, may simply get behind and send out a check late, or may send the check to the wrong address.
However, sometimes the insurer’s late or missed payments is due to intentional acts designed to make your life hard. The insurer knows that you depend on those checks to arrive on a certain date. It also knows that if you repeatedly receive the checks late, you may just give up and go back to work, even before you are ready.
When a check is missing or late, the insurance adjuster may be playing games. In other cases, the insurer may blame technology, claiming that your payment was not sent out because “it fell off the payment schedule” on its computer system. Insurers can make thousands of dollars in interest by setting its computer system to regularly delay making payments to its thousands of deserving recipients. Instead of letting the insurer win using these strategies, call Ricci Law Firm, which may be able to help you fight the insurer and get your payments back on track.
Late payments may entitle you to a late payment penalty.
Not only does the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act require insurers to pay disability benefits weekly, it also requires those benefits to arrive on time. Because late payments are such a huge problem for injured workers and their families, the Workers’ Compensation Act includes a provision requiring insurers to pay a ten percent penalty under certain conditions. To receive this penalty, the injured workers must file a motion with the office of the Executive Secretary at the Industrial Commission. Ricci Law Firm regularly files such motions for injured workers.
If you or a loved one is entitled to receive weekly disability benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act in North Carolina, make sure those benefits arrive regularly, and on time. Call Ricci Law Firm if you believe you are being mistreated.