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Article 1 - Workers' Compensation Act. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-1 97-1. Short title.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-1.1 97-1.1. References to workmen's compensation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-2 97-2. Definitions.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-3 97-3. Presumption that all employers and employees have come under provisions of Article.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-4 97-4: Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1291, s. 2.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-5 97-5. Presumption as to contract of service.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-5.1 97-5.1. Presumption that taxicab drivers are independent contractors.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-6 97-6. No special contract can relieve an employer of obligations.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-6.1 97-6.1: Repealed by 1991 (Regular Session, 1992), c. 1021, s. 4.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-7 97-7. State or subdivision and employees thereof.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-8 97-8. Prior injuries and deaths unaffected.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-9 97-9. Employer to secure payment of compensation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-10 97-10. Repealed by Session Laws 1959, c. 1324.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-10.1 97-10.1. Other rights and remedies against employer excluded.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-10.2 97-10.2. Rights under Article not affected by liability of third party; rights and remedies against third parties.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-10.3 97-10.3. Minors illegally employed.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-11 97-11. Employer not relieved of statutory duty.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-12 97-12. Use of intoxicant or controlled substance; willful neglect; willful disobedience of statutory duty, safety regulation or rule.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-12.1 97-12.1. Willful misrepresentation in applying for employment.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-13 97-13. Exceptions from provisions of Article.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-14 through 97-16 97-14 through 97-16. Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1291, ss. 7-9.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-17 97-17. Settlements allowed in accordance with Article.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-18 97-18. Prompt payment of compensation required; installments; payment without prejudice; notice to Commission; penalties.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-18.1 97-18.1. Termination or suspension of compensation benefits.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-19 97-19. Liability of principal contractors; certificate that subcontractor has complied with law; right to recover compensation of those who would have been liable; order of liability.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-19.1 97-19.1. Truck, tractor, or truck tractor trailer driver's status as employee or independent contractor.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-20 97-20. Priority of compensation claims against assets of employer.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-21 97-21. Claims unassignable and exempt from taxes and debts; agreement of employee to contribute to premium or waive right to compensation void; unlawful deduction by employer.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-22 97-22. Notice of accident to employer.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-23 97-23. What notice is to contain; defects no bar; notice personally or by registered letter or certified mail.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-24 97-24. Right to compensation barred after two years; destruction of records.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-25 97-25. Medical treatment and supplies.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-25.1 97-25.1. Limitation of duration of medical compensation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-25.2 97-25.2. Managed care organizations.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-25.3 97-25.3. Preauthorization.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-25.4 97-25.4. Utilization guidelines for medical treatment.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-25.5 97-25.5. Utilization guidelines for vocational and other rehabilitation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-25.6 97-25.6. Reasonable access to medical information.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-26 97-26. Fees allowed for medical treatment; malpractice of physician.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-26.1 97-26.1. Fees for medical records and reports; expert witnesses; communications with health care providers.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-27 97-27. Medical examination; facts not privileged; refusal to be examined suspends compensation; other medical opinions; autopsy.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-28 97-28. Seven-day waiting period; exceptions.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-29 97-29. Rates and duration of compensation for total incapacity.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-29.1 97-29.1. Increase in payments in cases for total and permanent disability occurring prior to July 1, 1973.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-30 97-30. Partial incapacity.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-31 97-31. Schedule of injuries; rate and period of compensation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-31.1 97-31.1. Effective date of legislative changes in benefits.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-32 97-32. Refusal of injured employee to accept suitable employment as suspending compensation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-32.1 97-32.1. Trial return to work.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-32.2 97-32.2. Vocational rehabilitation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-33 97-33. Prorating in event of earlier disability or injury.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-34 97-34. Employee receiving an injury when being compensated for former injury.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-35 97-35. How compensation paid for two injuries; employer liable only for subsequent injury.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-36 97-36. Accidents taking place outside State; employees receiving compensation from another state.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-37 97-37. Where injured employee dies before total compensation is paid.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-38 97-38. Where death results proximately from compensable injury or occupational disease; dependents; burial expenses; compensation to aliens; election by partial dependents.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-39 97-39. Widow, widower, or child to be conclusively presumed to be dependent; other cases determined upon facts; division of death benefits among those wholly dependent; when division among partially dependent.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-40 97-40. Commutation and payment of compensation in absence of dependents; "next of kin" defined; commutation and distribution of compensation to partially dependent next of kin; payment in absence of both dependents and next of kin.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-40.1 97-40.1. Second Injury Fund.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-41 97-41. Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1308, s. 5.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-42 97-42. Deduction of payments.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-42.1 97-42.1. Credit for unemployment benefits.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-43 97-43. Commission may prescribe monthly or quarterly payments.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-44 97-44. Lump sums.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-45 97-45. Reducing to judgment outstanding liability of insurance carriers withdrawing from State.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-46 97-46. Lump sum payments to trustee; receipt to discharge employer.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-47 97-47. Change of condition; modification of award.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-47.1 97-47.1. Payment without prejudice; limitations period.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-48 97-48. Receipts relieving employer; payment to minors; when payment of claims to dependents subsequent in right discharges employer.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-49 97-49. Benefits of mentally incompetent or minor employees under 18 may be paid to a trustee, etc.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-50 97-50. Limitation as against minors or mentally incompetent.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-51 97-51. Joint employment; liabilities.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-52 97-52. Occupational disease made compensable; "accident" defined.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-53 97-53. (See editor's note on condition precedent) Occupational diseases enumerated; when due to exposure to chemicals.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-54 97-54. "Disablement" defined.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-55 97-55. "Disability" defined.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-56 97-56. Limitation on compensable diseases.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-57 97-57. Employer liable.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-58 97-58. Time limit for filing claims.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-59 97-59. Employer to pay for treatment.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-60 97-60: Repealed by Session Laws 2003-284, s. 10.33(a), effective July 1, 2003.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-61 97-61. Rewritten as 97-61.1 to 97-61.7.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-61.1 97-61.1. First examination of and report on employee having asbestosis or silicosis.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-61.2 97-61.2. Filing of first report; right of hearing; effect of report as testimony.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-61.3 97-61.3. Second examination and report.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-61.4 97-61.4. Third examination and report.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-61.5 97-61.5. Hearing after first examination and report; removal of employee from hazardous occupation; compensation upon removal from hazardous occupation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-61.6 97-61.6. Hearing after third examination and report; compensation for disability and death from asbestosis or silicosis.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-61.7 97-61.7. Waiver of right to compensation as alternative to forced change of occupation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-62 97-62. "Silicosis" and "asbestosis" defined.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-63 97-63. Period necessary for employee to be exposed.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-64 97-64. General provisions of act to control as regards benefits.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-65 97-65. Reduction of rate where tuberculosis develops.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-66 97-66. Claim where benefits are discontinued.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-67 97-67. Postmortem examinations; notice to next of kin and insurance carrier.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-68 97-68. Controverted medical questions.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-69 97-69. Examination by advisory medical committee; inspection of medical reports.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-70 97-70. Report of committee to Industrial Commission.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-71 97-71. Filing report; right of hearing on report.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-72 97-72. Appointment of advisory medical committee; terms of office; duties and functions; salaries and expenses.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-73 97-73. Fees.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-74 97-74. Expense of hearings taxed as costs in compensation cases; fees collected directed to general fund.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-75 97-75, 97-76: Repealed by Session Laws 2003-284, s. 10.33(f), effective July 1, 2003.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-76 97-75, 97-76: Repealed by Session Laws 2003-284, s. 10.33(f), effective July 1, 2003.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-77 97-77. North Carolina Industrial Commission created; members appointed by Governor; terms of office; chairman.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-77.1 97-77.1. Expired.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-78 97-78. Salaries and expenses; administrator, executive secretary, deputy commissioners, and other staff assistance; annual report.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-78.1 97-78.1. Standards of judicial conduct to apply to commissioners and deputy commissioners.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-79 97-79. Offices and supplies; deputies with power to subpoena witnesses and to take testimony; meetings; hearings.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-80 97-80. Rules and regulations; subpoena of witnesses; examination of books and records; depositions; costs.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-81 97-81. Blank forms and literature; statistics; safety provisions; accident reports; studies and investigations and recommendations to General Assembly; to cooperate with other agencies for prevention of injury.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-82 97-82. Memorandum of agreement between employer and employee to be submitted to Commission on prescribed forms for approval; direct payment as award.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-83 97-83. Commission is to make award after hearing.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-83.1 97-83.1. Facilities for hearings; security.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-84 97-84. Determination of disputes by Commission or deputy.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-85 97-85. Review of award.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-86 97-86. Award conclusive as to facts; appeal; certified questions of law.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-86.1 97-86.1. Payment of award pending appeal in certain cases.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-86.2 97-86.2. Interest on awards after hearing.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-87 97-87. Judgments on awards.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-88 97-88. Expenses of appeals brought by insurers.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-88.1 97-88.1. Attorney's fees at original hearing.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-88.2 97-88.2. Penalty for fraud.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-88.3 97-88.3. Penalty for health care providers.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-89 97-89. Commission may appoint qualified physician to make necessary examinations; expenses; fees.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-90 97-90. Legal and medical fees to be approved by Commission; misdemeanor to receive fees unapproved by Commission, or to solicit employment in adjusting claims; agreement for fee or compensation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-90.1 97-90.1. Insurers that provide employee's health benefit plans, disability income plans, or any other health insurance plans as real parties in interest; reimbursement.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-91 97-91. Commission to determine all questions.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-92 97-92. Employer's record and report of accidents; records of Commission not open to public; supplementary report upon termination of disability; penalty for refusal to make report; when insurance carrier liable.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-93 97-93. Employers required to carry insurance or prove financial ability to pay for benefits; employers required to post notice; self-insured employers regulated by Commissioner of Insurance.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-94 97-94. Employers required to give proof that they have complied with preceding section; penalty for not keeping liability insured; review; liability for compensation; criminal penalties for failure to secure payment of compensation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-95 97-95. Actions against employers failing to effect insurance or qualify as self-insurer.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-96 97-96: Repealed by Session Laws 1997-362, s. 7.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-97 97-97. Insurance policies must contain clause that notice to employer is notice to insurer, etc.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-98 97-98. Policy must contain agreement promptly to pay benefits; continuance of obligation of insurer in event of default.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-99 97-99. Law written into each insurance policy; form of policy to be approved by Commissioner of Insurance; single catastrophe hazards.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-100 97-100. Rates for insurance; carrier to make reports for determination of solvency; tax upon premium; wrongful or fraudulent representation of carrier punishable as misdemeanor; notices.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-101 97-101. Collection of fines and penalties.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-101.1 97-101.1. Commission may issue writs of habeas corpus.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 2 - Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-102 through 97-104.6 97-102 through 97-104.6: Repealed by Session Laws 1977, c. 828, s. 8, as amended by Session Laws 1979, c. 824, s. 8.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 3 - Security Funds. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-105 through 97-122 97-105 through 97-122: Repealed by Session Laws 1991 (Regular Session, 1992), c. 802, s. 12, as amended by Session Laws 1991 (Regular Session, 1992), c. 1030, s. 51.3.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-123 through 97-129 97-123 through 97-129. Reserved for future codification purposes.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 4 - North Carolina Self-Insurance Security Association. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-130 97-130. Definitions.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-131 97-131. Creation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-132 97-132. Board of directors.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-133 97-133. Powers and duties of the Association.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-134 97-134. Plan of Operation.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-135 97-135. Insolvency.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-136 97-136. Powers and duties of the Commissioner.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-137 97-137. Examination of the Association.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-138 97-138. Tax exemption.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-139 97-139. Immunity.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-140 97-140. Nonduplication of recovery.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-141 97-141. Stay of proceedings.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-142 97-142. Disposition of assets upon dissolution.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-143 97-143. Use of deposits made by insolvent member self-insurers.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-144 through 97-164 97-144 through 97-164. Reserved for future codification purposes.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 5 - Individual Employers. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-165 97-165. Definitions.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-170 97-170. License applications; required information.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-175 97-175. License.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-177 97-177. License covering applicant and any subsidiary or applicant relying on a guarantor; procedure; requirements.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-180 97-180. Reporting and records.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-185 97-185. Deposits; surety bonds; letters of credit.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-190 97-190. Excess insurance.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-195 97-195. Revocation, suspension or restriction of license.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-196 97-196. Civil penalties or restitution for violations; administrative procedure.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 97-200 97-200. Claims administration.[RTF] [PDF]