Workers' Compensation Benefit Increases for 2016

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george pic for news.jpgNorth Carolina’s maximum workers’ compensation weekly disability benefit for 2016 will increase to $944.00 from the 2015 maximum amount of $920.00 in accordance with N.C. General Statute 97-29.  This increase will affect all claims arising on and after January 1, 2016. The maximum weekly benefit was calculated by multiplying the average weekly insured wage by 110 percent and rounding the figure to its nearest multiple of $2.00.  The average weekly insured wage is defined by NC General Statute 96-1.


Workers’ compensation weekly disability benefits are payable after a seven day calendar waiting period has been satisfied.  If an employee’s disability continues beyond 21 days, disability benefits for the first seven days are then paid to the employee.


Employers call occasionally asking about maximum benefit amounts for past years.  Maximum weekly benefit amounts dating back to the year 2000 are as follows:




















For additional information regarding workers’ compensation in North Carolina, go to the Industrial Commission’s web site at

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