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Bob Bollinger wins "OIC" Death case at Court of Appeals

Bob Bollinger recently won a case involving the death of a client who died from complications of "OIC" or opioid-induced constipation.  

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 amputation.

Reducing Medical Costs in Workers' Compensation Cases

Here is an interesting column by Karen Garloch of the Charlotte Observer about reducing medical treatment costs in general, but especially in back pain cases.  One of the most common things we see in the workers' comp world is a back injury, especially in the lumbar or lower back.  This column discusses the efficacy of MRI scans and of conservative treatment for back pain related to disk degeneration.   Prominent local spine surgeon Craig Brigham is quoted as well. 

Bollinger Law Firm PC gets a favorable decision today

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.    

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? 

Economic Ramifications of a "Full Duty Release to Return to Work"

In North Carolina, treating doctors often release an injured worker to return to work "full duty, no restrictions" before the worker has returned to full function of the injured body parts.  Lack of function of an injured body part, often referred to as an "impairment," can make returning to work without restrictions quite difficult. 

Can workers' comp recipients change care providers?

Oftentimes, those receiving care for an injury or illness choose to change their doctor or care provider to another, for a myriad of reasons. However, when what you are being treated for is a workplace injury, accident or illness - it can be very complicated to make such changes.

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