Here is a link to the article published in the Business Insurance journal.
An injured worker is entitled to represent himself in court or in a workers' comp claim in North Carolina. Is it a good idea?
When an employee in North Carolina reports an on-the-job injury to his or her employer, the employer will usually report it to the insurance carrier for investigation. At that point the insurance adjuster assigned to the claim will begin interviewing witnesses, including the injured worker. These adjusters typically call the injured worker on the phone and ask to take a "recorded statement" as part of the initial investigation of the case.
Attorney's fees in NC workers' compensation cases paid by injured workers are regulated by state law.
On August 21, 2012, the NC Court of Appeals filed a new decision on attorneys' fees as a sanction in workers' compensation cases. In Ensley v. FMC Corporation and Broadspire (servicing agent), COA12-255, the Court held that the Industrial Commission had correctly assessed attorneys' fees against FMC and Broadspire as a penalty for unreasonably defending this asbestosis case.