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  • How to Choose a Lawyer for your Worker's Compensation case in North Carolina

    You may not need a lawyer to help you with your Workers' Compensation claim in North Carolina. However, you definitely will need a lawyer on your claim if one of the following situations describes your case...

  • Disability

    This article will discuss the definition and meaning of "disability," and the critical statutes and cases. It will provide an outline for proving disability in a workers' compensation proceeding that arises out of an injury by accident, specific traumatic incident, and some occupational diseases. This article does not cover disability arising out of asbestosis and silicosis.

  • Five Helpful Hints about Your Social Security Disability Claim

    Five hints that should help you if you are pursuing a claim for Social Security disability benefits...

    1. You should provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the contact information for all doctors that have treated you for any conditions that contribute to your disability...

  • Five Things You Should Know about Divorce in North Carolina

    A divorce in North Carolina can be granted through one of two ways: one year of separation from your spouse or incurable insanity by either you or your spouse...

  • Four Things the Insurance Company Does Not Want You to Know about Your Short and Long Term Disability Claim under ERISA

    If you have short and long term disability benefits through your employer, the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) will likely apply to any claim for benefits that you make.

  • Getting to yes: five ways to improve your SSDI claim

    Permanent disability can cause devastating economic results and significant changes to your ability to work (or end it altogether). To assist in these cases, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), was created to provide life-long financial support to workers who become disabled...

  • Important Information Regarding Repetitive Stress Injuries

    North Carolina residents who experience frequent pain in certain areas of the body may suffer from repetitive stress injury. The condition is referred to by a number of different names including repetitive strain injury, occupational overuse syndrome and cumulative trauma disorder. Individuals who suffer from severe RSI injuries may qualify for workers' compensation.

  • Lightning Strike Ruling Affects Workers' Compensation

    Like winning the lottery, few anticipate being struck by lightning. Yet in 2010, lightning strikes killed 28 people, caused 241 injuries and are a concern for many outdoor workers. Fortunately, a North Carolina Appeals Court ruling may make it easier for employees struck by lightning on the job to collect benefits...

  • North Carolina Caps Benefits on Temporary Workers' Compensation

    The North Carolina Legislature recently made significant changes to its workers' compensation law. Governor Perdue signed the bill into law on June 24, 2011, which increases the duration of benefits for partial disability and places a cap on the number of weeks an injured worker can receive temporary total disability benefits. These changes to benefits apply to all cases arising on or after June 24, 2011...

  • North Carolina Workers' Compensation and Attendant Care

    Unfortunately, some workers' compensation injuries can result in more than disability from work. Certain injuries, such as traumatic head injuries and serious spinal cord injuries, can result in the injured worker not being able to take care of himself at home.

  • OSHA combating heat injuries in North Carolina

    Summer is a particularly dangerous time of year for North Carolina construction workers, agricultural employees and anyone else who works outside. While heat-related injuries are possible anywhere, the risk is distinctly higher in the South because of the notoriously hot weather...

  • Positional Risk

    This paper will discuss the definition of positional risk, the status of positional risk theory in North Carolina workers' compensation jurisprudence, and specific cases involving the various manifestations of risk found in North Carolina workers' compensation law...

  • Six Things You Should Know about Claims for Unemployment Benefits in North Carolina

    f you worked in North Carolina and were terminated, laid off or resigned from your job and are pursuing unemployment benefits, below are six things that may help you in your claim...

  • Workplace "Wear and Tear" Could Actually Be a Repetitive Stress Injury

    A worker does not have to be in an accident in order to be injured on the job.Repetitive stress injuries, or RSIs, encompass over one-hundred various injuries resulting from forceful or awkward movements that occur repeatedly for a prolonged time. Also known as cumulative trauma disorder, jobs prone to RSI include line-factory jobs, jobs with extensive typing or computer use and jobs that require heavy lifting...

  • Family seriously injured by vortex ride at North Carolina State Fair

    Details surrounding last year's North Carolina State Fair Disaster are unfolding in recent weeks. According to the Charlotte Observer, a Georgia-based business believed to be the owner of a ride that malfunctioned and seriously injured three people at the State Fair, now claims that they do not own, and are not responsible for the...

  • Some US jobs come with great risk to workers

    Many professions in the United States are more dangerous than others, including construction work, agricultural labor and the fishing industry. Every day, countless workers in North Carolina as well as across the country risk their lives to provide goods and services to communities...

  • Understanding the Social Security disability appeals process

    After a denied claim for benefits, the Social Security disability appeals process may help you get the result you need...

  • Legal options for independent contractors injured on the job

    Workers' compensation plays an important role in the employer/employee relationship. If injured on the job, a worker agrees to abandon a personal injury lawsuit in return for the employer providing insurance benefits in the event of an injury.

  • A threat hidden in plain sight: work-related traffic injuries

    Traffic accidents are a major but often-overlooked source of occupational injuries for North Carolina workers and others throughout the nation. Contrary to what many people may assume, however, the risk of job-related car accidents is not necessarily highest for those who drive for a living...

  • North Carolina construction accident shows danger of falls

    Recently, a serious construction accident in North Carolina resulted in three fatalities and one person suffering severe injuries. The accident occurred when construction workers were performing their duties on a mast climber...

  • Case reflects difficulties for North Carolina truckers injured on the job

    Truck drivers have very challenging jobs. They are under tight deadlines, and if they miss any of their scheduled deliveries or pickups, this can cost them a significant amount of money. The demands of the position often require them to complete several extremely physical tasks each day, and it is not uncommon for drivers to be injured while they are working.

  • OSHA updates amputation regulations

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced an update to the National Emphasis Program on Amputations (NEP). OSHA describes amputation injuries as those that result in the "traumatic loss of limb or other external body part." These injuries can range in severity, from partial fingertip loss with or without loss of bone to the loss of an arm or leg...

  • North Carolina construction accident illustrates fatal dangers

    In September of this year, two men were working on a construction site in Wilmington, North Carolina. According to WITN, the men were killed as a result of an incident involving a track hoe and a power line. While the operator of the track hoe was not injured, the two men standing nearby were affected because the ground became energized, firefighters said...

  • Know how to prevent repetitive stress injuries in North Carolina

    Not every workplace injury involves a serious incident. Many people in North Carolina may be subjecting themselves to an injury without even knowing it. Repetitive stress injuries are not only painful, but they can result in extended leaves of absences from work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these injuries led to the longest work absence in 2002, even lengthier than falls, transportation accidents and fires...