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RALEIGH In early 2014, North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry had some good news to share: Workplace deaths dropped significantly, with only 23 people having died in accidents on the job in the past year. It was the smallest annual toll since Berry took office in 2001. That count, though,…

Divorce is essentially the death of a marriage and is traumatic for all parties involved. The path towards divorce typically begins before or at the time of separation from your spouse. Even if both parties appear amicable, it may help to discuss your situation with a family law attorney to…

A misconception exists that employees who suffer workplace injuries are out to “scam the system” and do not have legitimate claims. Lately, politicians have raised the specter of employee fraud as a rallying cry to suggest changes are needed in how the state handles its own workers’ compensation cases. In…

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….

On March 25, 1911, fire spread through the Triangle Shirtwaist Company garment factory in lower Manhattan. Many of the workers were young women. They had little time or opportunity to escape. The fire spread quickly and killed 146 workers. The only fire escape collapsed during the rescue effort. The haphazard…

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…

We have begun reviewing claims involving Lipitor which is a member of the drug class known as statins. It is prescribed to reduce cholesterol. Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research, a division of Warner-Lambert Company, obtained approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Lipitor on December 17, 1996. Warner-Lambert entered…

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