Workers Compensation

Workers’ Compensation Difficult to Attain for COVID Sufferers

When someone is injured or harmed while on the job, they are presumed to be entitled to workers’ compensation. When they are infected with an illness at work, however, it gets much more complicated. Most notably, workers’ compensation claims filed due to contraction of the coronavirus are often flat-out denied nationwide. People in North Carolina …

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H.B. 492 Offers Hope for First Responders Suffering from PTSD

Workers’ compensation insurance, commonly referred to as workers’ comp, provides coverage for injured and vulnerable workers in a variety of different industries. However, the types of injuries that qualify for benefits span far beyond just physical. In fact, in North Carolina, employees can receive benefits for various mental and psychological ailments as well. Recently, post-traumatic …

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NC Industrial Commission Issues Updates in Response to COVID-19

The Industrial Commission of North Carolina is the administrative body that handles and processes all workers’ compensation claims throughout the state. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Industrial Commission, like most businesses and organizations throughout the country, has undergone many policy and administrative changes. Attorney Joey Hodgin highlights some of these changes in the video …

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Workplace Injuries: More Than Just Slip and Falls

For most Americans, the mention of a workplace injury conjures images of a construction accident, slips, falls from great heights, or other dramatic—and traumatic—injuries. In today’s information-based society, however, injuries and repetitive-motion disorders connected to office work are becoming increasingly common. The story of one reporter’s issues is found here. At Cornell University; the Human …

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Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates to Go Down in 2019 in North Carolina

Recently, the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner approved an overall rate decrease for Workers’ Compensation (WC) insurance in North Carolina. A detailed article on the reasoning behind the rate decrease appears here. The New Effective Rates Effective in early 2019, the rate for WC insurance in North Carolina will decrease by 17.2%—as insurers see fewer claims …

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High Rate of Fatal Workplace Injuries Among Hispanic Workers in North Carolina

In North Carolina, new studies show Hispanic workers suffer fatal work-related injuries at a disproportionate rate to other ethnicities. These findings are consistent with an overall national trend. A detailed report on these findings is available here. Even though North Carolina had the tenth-lowest rate of workplace fatalities in 2017, Hispanic workers suffered fatalities related …

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Workers’ Compensation Insurance Firm Sued Over Arrest of Injured Employee

In the case of Seguro-Suarez v. Key Risk Ins. Co. (17-697), a North Carolina man has brought suit against his employer’s insurance company for actions in a Workers’ Compensation (WC) claim that resulted in his arrest. In their decision, the North Carolina Court of Appeals rejected the company’s motion to dismiss and allowed the suit …

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Proposed Rules by North Carolina Industrial Commission Addressing Opioid Epidemic in Workers’ Compensation Cases Could Negatively Impact Injured Workers

The opioid crisis has become an issue of huge concern at both the Federal and State levels.  It has also become an issue of prime importance with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Many injured workers are prescribed opioids as part of their treatment plan.  These medications have are helpful for pain management, but for many …

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