Nancy Hayes was employed with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services. In March of 2004, Ms. Hayes was attacked at work, sustaining multiple injuries. She committed suicide a short time following the attack.
The claim was litigated, as the Defendants contended that Ms. Hayes had a history of mental instability. However, the Industrial Commission awarded Ms. Hayes family indemnity and medical benefits, along with burial expenses pursuant to N.C. statute. The parties subsequently settled the claim during the appeal process.
This claim serves as a reminder that an injured worker is entitled to weekly benefits, along with medical treatment in a compensable claim. There are often complex issues to address in a case, which may be overcome with the skilled assistance of proper legal counsel. It is imperative that anyone injured at work immediately seeks the advice of an attorney.