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September 2012 Archives

Employee on bulldozer falls in hole at North Carolina plant

Sustaining a workplace injury can often mean taking time off from work to recuperate and rehabilitate and this can result in lost wages on top of the medical bills. Injured workers have the right to file a workers' compensation claim to recover these costs from their employers who are supposed to maintain a safe working environment for their employees.

Representing Oneself in NC Workers' Compensation cases

An injured worker is entitled to represent himself in court or in a workers' comp claim in North Carolina.  Is it a good idea? 

Bob Bollinger becomes a Certified Mediator

Bob Bollinger is pleased to announce that he has become a Certified Superior Court Mediator.  His certification by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission became effective in late August.  Bob took the 40 hour mediator training course taught by mediation expert Andy Little of Mediation, Inc.       It was an outstanding training course and Bob learned a lot about the mediation and negotiation processes.  

Injured worker talks about workplace safety in North Carolina

A work accident is traumatic not only for the injured worker, but also for their family members who see their pain and suffering. Burn injuries are not only physically painful, but the scars they leave may constantly remind the victim of the workplace injury they sustained.

Trap for the Unwary Employee: The "Recorded Statement" in NC Workers' Compensation Cases

When an employee in North Carolina reports an on-the-job injury to his or her employer, the employer will usually report it to the insurance carrier for investigation.  At that point the insurance adjuster assigned to the claim will begin interviewing witnesses, including the injured worker.  These adjusters typically call the injured worker on the phone and ask to take a "recorded statement" as part of the initial investigation of the case. 

Are farming jobs dangerous for North Carolina teens?

As North Carolina teenagers end their summer jobs and return to school, their parents may have breathed a sigh of relief that their summers ended without a workplace injury. However, not all workplaces are created equal--teenagers are four times more likely to die in an accident on a farm than they are in any other workplace.

Workplace injury rate down but disability benefit claims increase

North Carolina workers may be relieved to hear that over the past few decades, the number of workplace accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries has declined steadily. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3.5 nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses per 100 workers in 2010, compared to 11 in 1973. However, these numbers stand in contrast to the increasing number of workers collecting Social Security Disability benefits.

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