This common scenario could ruin your workplace injury claim

Unfortunately, it is all too common: A construction worker reports to the job on time, just like any other day, and gets seriously injured. While operating a saw, the worker’s arm gets tangled in the machine and he suffers catastrophic injuries requiring...

Injured Truck Drivers and North Carolina Workers’ Comp Claims

Many truck drivers can file their injury claims here in North Carolina even if the driver is hurt in another state.  This is because of the “jurisdiction” rules of the NC Workers’ Compensation Act.  The workers’ compensation...

The Value of OSHA Form 300

I am a certified mediator and I recently mediated a workers’ compensation claim for some local lawyers.   The injured worker in the case alleged that she hurt her foot on a piece of equipment at work.  Her supervisor claimed that the woman...

Deception by the Insurance Adjuster: Why You May Need a Lawyer!

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.   But first, a little...

Document that Job Search in NC Workers’ Comp!

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...

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?  I don’t think so.  A workers’ compensation case can be quite complex, with complicated legal and medical...

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,...