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NC workers’ comp gets hearing

RALEIGH — Trial lawyers, injured workers and others are trying to beat back potential changes to North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system they say could cap the amount of time someone receives benefits for lost wages.

The state chapter of the AARP is among those participating in a lobbying day today in the General Assembly. It comes the same day a researcher for an outside group will speak to the House Insurance Committee and discuss North Carolina’s method for helping employees hurt on the job.

The Workers Compensation Research Institute said in February that North Carolina’s system generated the highest total costs per claim among 16 states studied.

No bill has been filed. The state chamber of commerce tried unsuccessfully in 2005 to place a 500-week cap on lost wage benefits.

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