What Happens in a Formal Hearing with the NCIC?
If you’ve recently had your claim for workers compensation benefits denied and already went through mediation, you may be preparing for an upcoming hearing with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC).
These workers comp hearings can seem intimidating if you’ve never attended one before, which is why we thought it would be helpful for you to understand what you can expect to happen in your hearing. Continue reading to learn more about how you can better prepare for your hearing with the NCIC.
Presentation of Evidence
We’ll start by presenting the evidence to support your need for workers compensation benefits. This might include but is not limited to photographs, video footage, safety inspection reports, police reports, and, perhaps most importantly, medical documentation.
Your medical record will be critical to your success at your hearing with the NCIC because it will establish that your condition prevents you from working.
If your claim was denied due to a pre-existing condition you have, your medical evidence can demonstrate that your pre-existing condition is irrelevant to the work injury or illness you endured—meaning that you should still be entitled to workers comp.
What to Expect from Your Employer and the Insurance Company
The insurance company and your employer will also be able to present evidence of their own. At this time, you can expect the other side to give their reasons for denying your claim.
The insurance company can legally deny your claim if you were committing a crime at the time of your injury, if you were in violation of your employer’s code of conduct, if there were errors in your paperwork, or if you failed to notify your employer of your work-related condition within thirty days of the incident or your diagnosis.
It will be our goal to correct any errors that there might’ve been in your claim before this stage. Once the insurer has presented their case, we will have the opportunity to refute any of their claims and address any of the concerns they bring up.
The best way to ensure that your hearing goes smoothly is to be prepared with the appropriate evidence and be able to clearly respond to the issues the other side brings up.
Speak with an Experienced Raleigh Workers Comp Lawyer
If you have further questions about your upcoming hearing with the NCIC, or if you have other questions about your workman’s comp claim, get in touch with a highly trained Raleigh workers comp lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A. as soon as possible.
We’ll do what it takes to get your claim approved so you can continue supporting yourself and your family while you’re unable to work. You can schedule your free consultation with a workers comp lawyer today by calling our office directly at 252-752-7785 or completing the brief contact form at the bottom of this page.