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In a show of support for workers and law-abiding businesses, the North Carolina House passed a bill that would prevent businesses from classifying workers as independent contractors when in fact they are employees. This misclassification cheats workers from being covered by workers’ compensation laws and allows the cheating businesses to…

We are currently reviewing cases involving the prescription drug Xarelto which is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical and co-marketed by Bayer Healthcare. It is alleged these companies failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of irreversible and fatal internal bleeding when using Xarelto. Usage of Xarelto In 2011,…

1. Myth: If you approach the insurance carrier reasonably, you will be offered a fair settlement proposal. Reality: Like most businesses, insurer companies operate on a profit basis and will not always make an offer that is in your best interests. 2. Myth: After your accident the insurance carrier may…

The budget conference committee was just appointed, so we finally have an opportunity to let our voices be heard about Section 15.1.6(b) of the budget bill. This provision would dramatically change the terms of Deputy Commissioners who hear workers’ compensation cases at the Industrial Commission. The Senate budget provides for…

Victims of state sterilization in North Carolina will soon have an opportunity to make their case for compensation in front of the N.C. Industrial Commission’s Eugenics Asexualization and Sterilization Compensation Program, and members of the NC Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Workers’ Compensation Section have volunteered to represent them for free….

In most car accidents you do not. I know that sounds strange coming from a lawyer who is trying to make a living but it is true. Now before I give you my rules of thumb about when you need to hire an attorney and when you do not, let…

Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., is happy to announce the recent marriage of Ellen Stamness to Joe Baznik. Ellen and Joe were married on May 3, 2013 in a beautiful, destination wedding to the Dominican Republic. Joe met Ellen about 4 years ago as a result of him purchasing…

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — About a dozen Slaughter residents allege respiratory problems and diminished property values in a lawsuit filed in the wake of the Nov. 19 blaze that destroyed the Monolyte Laboratories Inc. chemical facility. The Advocate reports the suit, filed Tuesday in state District Court in Baton…

David Vtipil spoke as a webinar panelist today to the North Carolina Chiropractic Association. His topics included the North Carolina medical lien statute and the “bill versus paid” statute. In particular he talked about how “bill versus paid” is changing the way attorneys and medical providers handle personal injury claims….

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