NC Workers’ Compensation 7 Day Waiting Period

Unfortunately, injured workers will not receive compensation for lost wages during the first seven calendar days that they are out of work due to a workers’ compensation injury, unless they remain disabled for at least 21 days.  The missed days do not have to be consecutive, and even a partial day of work missed will be counted as a full day.  After the seven day waiting period, an employer or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier must begin sending weekly checks to the injured employee in the amount of 2/3 of their average weekly wage.  If the disability lasts at least 21 days, then the employer must compensate the injured employee for the seven day waiting period.  While an employee is waiting to receive a workers’ compensation check (during the seven day waiting period), he or she may use paid sick leave, vacation or annual leave, or disability benefits provided directly by the employer.

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