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The Workers’ Comp Doctor: What to do on that first visit…

Tweet I just finished up a report on what to do and what not to do on that first trip to the dreaded workers’ comp doctor. Here’s a quick overview/summary of my recommendations: Be nice, even if you don’t like the doctor Be prepared with notes explaining exactly how you were injured – explain this…

What is Fair?

Tweet What is fair? Today’s post is a bit off the beaten path. I’m on the “legal documents” committee of my homeowner’s association.  Basically, our committee’s job is to review all the legal documents for our HOA (bylaws, covenants, articles of incorporation, etc.) Exciting stuff, right? Well the whole point of this little exercise is…

Who does your nurse really work for?

Tweet In some Workers’ Comp cases in North Carolina, the case and employee will be assigned a Nurse to help coordinate benefits, schedule doctor’s appointments, and basically make sure that the medical treatment is progressing as it should.  The nurse is supposed to be employed by an independent company, such that they are not unduly…

Is Workers’ Comp my only recourse if I’m hurt at work?

Tweet I get asked, on quite a regular basis, whether my client’s can recover for pain and suffering if they are injured in a workplace accident.  Unfortunately, the answer is usually no (99.9% of the time, we’ll leave the 0.01% for another day). One of the problems with workers’ comp is that an employee is…

Is my injury covered by Workers’ Comp?

Tweet How do I know if my injury should be covered by Workers’ Comp?  Whether your injury should be covered, or actually is covered, are two different questions. If the system worked the way it was supposed to, I wouldn’t have a job, and the insurance companies would do what they should in every case….

Ethical Boundaries of Discovery in Social Media

Tweet Today I gave a presentation for NBI on Ethics and Social Media.  Following is a link to my manuscript on the Ethical Boundaries of Discovery. Ethical Boundaries of Discovery – Manuscript from presentation on December 15, 2011

Exposed – How Art Pope’s Money could influence Workers’ Comp Benefits

Tweet Next year is going to be an important year for politics in North Carolina and across the country.  Workers’ Comp laws throughout the nation, including in North Carolina, are under attack.  In order to preserve a system that is fair to both workers and employers alike, we must support candidates for our legislature that…

Should I settle my Workers’ Comp case at mediation?

Tweet In North Carolina, Workers’ Comp cases can find their way to mediations in a number of different ways.  If you file a Form 33 (Request for Hearing), then your case will be ordered to mediation before it will be put on the hearing docket.  If a Form 24 (Request by the Defendant to suspend…

What can happen if insurance companies have their way…

Tweet Here is a brief example of what will happen in North Carolina if insurance companies are successful in continuing to “reform” Workers’ Compensation laws in North Carolina.

Anatamy of a Workers’ Comp Case

Tweet If you have been injured on the job in North Carolina, you are probably scared (about your health and possibly loss of income/job security), nervous and a little uncertain of what the future will hold.  However, knowledge is power – so the more you know about how the process will unfold, the more confident…

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The Workers’ Comp Doctor: What to do on that first visit…

Tweet I just finished up a report on what to do and what not to do on that first trip to the dreaded workers’ comp doctor. Here’s a quick overview/summary of my recommendations: Be nice, even if you don’t like the doctor Be prepared with notes explaining exactly how you were injured – explain this…

What is Fair?

Tweet What is fair? Today’s post is a bit off the beaten path. I’m on the “legal documents” committee of my homeowner’s association.  Basically, our committee’s job is to review all the legal documents for our HOA (bylaws, covenants, articles of incorporation, etc.) Exciting stuff, right? Well the whole point of this little exercise is…

Who does your nurse really work for?

Tweet In some Workers’ Comp cases in North Carolina, the case and employee will be assigned a Nurse to help coordinate benefits, schedule doctor’s appointments, and basically make sure that the medical treatment is progressing as it should.  The nurse is supposed to be employed by an independent company, such that they are not unduly…

Is Workers’ Comp my only recourse if I’m hurt at work?

Tweet I get asked, on quite a regular basis, whether my client’s can recover for pain and suffering if they are injured in a workplace accident.  Unfortunately, the answer is usually no (99.9% of the time, we’ll leave the 0.01% for another day). One of the problems with workers’ comp is that an employee is…

Is my injury covered by Workers’ Comp?

Tweet How do I know if my injury should be covered by Workers’ Comp?  Whether your injury should be covered, or actually is covered, are two different questions. If the system worked the way it was supposed to, I wouldn’t have a job, and the insurance companies would do what they should in every case….

Ethical Boundaries of Discovery in Social Media

Tweet Today I gave a presentation for NBI on Ethics and Social Media.  Following is a link to my manuscript on the Ethical Boundaries of Discovery. Ethical Boundaries of Discovery – Manuscript from presentation on December 15, 2011

Exposed – How Art Pope’s Money could influence Workers’ Comp Benefits

Tweet Next year is going to be an important year for politics in North Carolina and across the country.  Workers’ Comp laws throughout the nation, including in North Carolina, are under attack.  In order to preserve a system that is fair to both workers and employers alike, we must support candidates for our legislature that…

Should I settle my Workers’ Comp case at mediation?

Tweet In North Carolina, Workers’ Comp cases can find their way to mediations in a number of different ways.  If you file a Form 33 (Request for Hearing), then your case will be ordered to mediation before it will be put on the hearing docket.  If a Form 24 (Request by the Defendant to suspend…

What can happen if insurance companies have their way…

Tweet Here is a brief example of what will happen in North Carolina if insurance companies are successful in continuing to “reform” Workers’ Compensation laws in North Carolina.

Anatamy of a Workers’ Comp Case

Tweet If you have been injured on the job in North Carolina, you are probably scared (about your health and possibly loss of income/job security), nervous and a little uncertain of what the future will hold.  However, knowledge is power – so the more you know about how the process will unfold, the more confident…