In a North Carolina workers’ compensation case a “clincher agreement” is a compromised agreement or settlement between an injured employee or worker and an employer or their insurance company. When the worker and the employer’s insurance company agree on a settled amount the insurance company’s attorney will draft a clincher, or agreement, stating that the parties have reached a final resolution of the case.
Writing on White Paper with PenThe clincher agreement usually states the employee will receive a lump sum cash settlement in return for releasing all future liability against an employer. In order for a clincher to be allowed, it must be approved by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. A clincher must meet the requirements of Rule 502 of the North Carolina Industrial Commission and, if it does, the Industrial Commission will typically approve the clincher agreement. The main purpose of this approval by the Commission to make sure the employee is treated fairly.