Workers Compensation Section Meeting at the NCAJ

This afternoon I attended the Workers’ Compensation Section Meeting at the Raleigh office of the North Carolina Advocates of Justice (NCAJ) – an organization of which I am a proud member.  Here is a sampling of some of the things that were discussed:

  • NCAJ president Phil Baddour and CEO Dick Taylor gave an update on the state of Workers’ Compensation Reform at the statehouse.  The sense is that the legislature is going to take up Medical Malpractice reform first, and a Workers’ Compensation reform bill will follow within the next several weeks.
  • Todd Barlow, a member of the NCAJ Political Affairs Counsel gave some background into how the reform bill will be introduced – via what committees, and how the legislation is likely to proceed.
  • Dan Deuterman of the Deuterman Law Group laid out a strategy for how we will be educating the public on Workers’ Compensation Reform and how it will impact workers across the state… not in a good way.
  • Mike Okun from Patterson & Harkavy discussed the Union’s perspective on all of this talk about Workers Compensation reform and how we, as Comp lawyers, can keep the Union support.

Following the Section Meeting was an open house for members of the legislature.

Here are some things that the public must understand about what the legislature is trying to do to the Workers Compensation system in North Carolina:

  1. The legislature wants to move quickly and without much fanfare to destroy the laws that are currently in place to protect injured workers;
  2. The proposed legislation would limit compensation for injured workers to 9.5 years – less than a decade – even for workers that are young and completely disabled;
  3. This bill is bad for both workers and taxpayers, because after their compensation runs out, the taxpayers would be forced to foot the bill that rightfully belongs to the insurance company;
  4. This bill is nothing but another insurance company bailout. The only winners are big business and insurance companies – small businesses and workers will suffer.

Call your representative TODAY and tell them to vote NO on cutting benefits to workers.

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    Workers Compensation Section Meeting at the NCAJ

    This afternoon I attended the Workers’ Compensation Section Meeting at the Raleigh office of the North Carolina Advocates of Justice (NCAJ) – an organization of which I am a proud member.  Here is a sampling of some of the things that were discussed:

    • NCAJ president Phil Baddour and CEO Dick Taylor gave an update on the state of Workers’ Compensation Reform at the statehouse.  The sense is that the legislature is going to take up Medical Malpractice reform first, and a Workers’ Compensation reform bill will follow within the next several weeks.
    • Todd Barlow, a member of the NCAJ Political Affairs Counsel gave some background into how the reform bill will be introduced – via what committees, and how the legislation is likely to proceed.
    • Dan Deuterman of the Deuterman Law Group laid out a strategy for how we will be educating the public on Workers’ Compensation Reform and how it will impact workers across the state… not in a good way.
    • Mike Okun from Patterson & Harkavy discussed the Union’s perspective on all of this talk about Workers Compensation reform and how we, as Comp lawyers, can keep the Union support.

    Following the Section Meeting was an open house for members of the legislature.

    Here are some things that the public must understand about what the legislature is trying to do to the Workers Compensation system in North Carolina:

    1. The legislature wants to move quickly and without much fanfare to destroy the laws that are currently in place to protect injured workers;
    2. The proposed legislation would limit compensation for injured workers to 9.5 years – less than a decade – even for workers that are young and completely disabled;
    3. This bill is bad for both workers and taxpayers, because after their compensation runs out, the taxpayers would be forced to foot the bill that rightfully belongs to the insurance company;
    4. This bill is nothing but another insurance company bailout. The only winners are big business and insurance companies – small businesses and workers will suffer.

    Call your representative TODAY and tell them to vote NO on cutting benefits to workers.

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