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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,…

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…

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one of the largest federal programs providing assistance to people with disabilities and is one of a handful of federal programs funded by employer and employee contributions to the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). Recently, it has become apparent that current spending for federal…

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….

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