The Defendants denied the compensability of the claim, contending 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 North Carolina statute. The parties subsequently settled the claim during the appeal process.
Ms. Hayes' claim serves as a reminder that an injured worker is entitled to weekly benefits, along with medical treatment in a compensable claim. However, the insurance company will often deny the compensability of a claim and/or refuse to pay appropriate compensation. 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 when you are injured at work, you immediately seek the advice of a North Carolina workers' compensation attorney who will explain the specific factors of your case.
Resources: New Hanover agrees to pay $102,500 for employee's suicide, StarNewsOnline April 02, 2009