Even though there are thousands of employers committing workers' compensation fraud in this State every year by failing to purchase workers' compensation insurance, our legislature has now made it a lot harder to find out if an employer is complying with the law.
As the weather changes, the possibility of calling in sick at work increases because of flu season. However, workplace illnesses account for only two-thirds of sick days in the office. North Carolina employees may be surprised to hear the rest of the reasons, ranging from absurd to unbelievable, such as a toe stuck in the faucet or hair turning orange in a home dye job.
A new client showed me a letter today that was sent to the client by the workers' compensation insurance adjuster. She received this letter a few days after the client reported her injury to her employer.
Workplace injuries can result in fines to negligent employers that harbor unsafe working environments. In addition, they can also lead to a workers' compensation claim by the injured worker to cover medical expenses and lost wages.
I spent my morning today in court, trying a workers' comp case. The insurance company and employer were hoping to stop my client's weekly TTD--temporary total disability-- checks, on the basis that he either had returned to work or should have returned to work by now.
Not sleeping enough? North Carolina residents should consider hitting the snooze button more often as insomnia may be becoming one of the many causes of workplace injury. A recent study found that this chronic condition was associated with 7.2 percent of all costly workplace accidents.
Behind the wheel, drivers often may forget that they are actually in control of tons of steel, and if they are not aware of their surroundings, they risk seriously injuring themselves and others. North Carolina's new Move Over law went into effect recently in an attempt to reduce the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving maintenance or construction workers.
I was browsing through the comments on a web forum today and saw a thread of people complaining about their lawyers (in another state) "selling them out" to get a legal fee. It got me to thinking about the importance of lawyer integrity in the counseling and advising of clients.
Today we received a favorable Deputy Commissioner Opinion and Award in a workers' compensation claim. (E.T. v. Phillip Morris and ACE/ESIS). Mr. E.T. is Chad's client, but Bob handled the hearing due to a scheduling conflict. It was a team effort---both Bob and Chad were involved in the post-hearing depositions of the treating doctor and other medical experts. Chad then wrote the Contentions. The favorable decision today was a big win for our client, because he needed some additional back surgery recommended by his treating doctor that the Defendants were denying. The Deputy Commissioner ordered the Defendants to provide the treatment that they had denied.
One lawsuit regarding a workplace injury can lead to hundreds more. For example, when players suffering from head injuries brought action against the N.F.L., it began with just a handful of players raising their voice and that number has increased to 2,200. Workers have a right to bring attention to their injury, whether they are hurt on the job as an office employee, football player or even a hockey player.