Workers Compensation

All claims filed with the Industrial Commission for workers’ compensation benefits that are contested by the employer are ordered to mediation.  The mediation program of the Commission has been very successful in reducing the backlog of compensation cases that existed prior to the program’s implementation; the settlement rate is over 70%.  Rules for the mediation program are very similar to the Superior Court mediation program, most particularly in the fact that mediators may be chosen by the parties and are private providers of mediation services.

The mediation program also has been successful in involving claimants more closely with their attorneys in the negotiation and settlement of their claims.  Workers who are injured on the job and wind up in litigation with their employer find that mediation is helpful in explaining how the compensation process works and, therefore, helpful in achieving an earlier and acceptable result.

Andy Little has extensive experience in workers compensation cases and welcomes your inquiries about the process.  Call Mr. Little at 919-967-6611.