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Double edge to workers’ comp changes  (access required)

Cap on total benefits accompanies more weeks allowed for partial disability

Injured workers in North Carolina who were previously limited to just 300 weeks of workers’ compensation benefits will now be able to collect for up to 500 weeks. But the extra level of compensation comes at a price, said Greensboro attorney Dan Deuterman. The new law, passed by the 2011 Legislature and signed by Gov. Bev Perdue, increases from 300 to 500 the number of weeks for which an injured worker can collect partial disability benefits. But the law also caps total disability benefits at 500 weeks.

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