NC Workers’ Comp Law Blog
Welcome to the NC Workers’ Comp Law Blog, authored by North Carolina Workers’ Comp Lawyer Kevin Bunn. Workers’ Compensation in NC is constantly changing. Every recent session of the General Assembly has made substantial changes to Workers’ Comp law, and the North Carolina Industrial Commission is constantly reviewing its rules and forms. Each year the appellate courts consider dozens of cases involving workers’ compensation claims. We try here to bring some clarity to workers’ comp law in NC.
The NC Workers’ Comp Law Blog provides news and information on legal issues relating to NC Workers’ Compensation Law, including medical benefits, wage replacement, North Carolina Industrial Commission Rules, and coordination of workers’ comp with other benefits. Remember to check back regularly for more information on North Carolina workers’ comp law.
Kevin Bunn has more than twenty years legal experience and has helped hundreds of injured and disabled workers get the benefits they deserve. Mr. Bunn is a Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers’ Compensation Law and has been awarded the highest possible ratings in both legal ability and ethical conduct by multiple lawyer rating agencies. Please enjoy the blog and feel free to call or email for your free consultation with North Carolina Workers’ Comp Lawyer Kevin Bunn.
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A determination that an injured worker is at “Maximum Medical Improvement” (“MMI”) is a critical turning point in the employee’s workers’ compensation case. At MMI an injured worker may choose to receive a Permanent Partial Disability rating payment, decide to begin a...read more
An important goal of the workers’ compensation system in North Carolina is to quickly return injured workers back to gainful employment. Ideally, the worker can return to full-time, full-duty work in his or her prior occupation. But often permanent restrictions...read more
An important goal of the workers' compensation system in North Carolina is to return injured workers back to an appropriate job as quickly as practical. Ideally, the injured worker will be able to return to his or her prior employment. But often employees are not able...read more
“Hard cases make bad law” is an old legal adage, often thrown around in law school, but not much discussed thereafter. The phrase means we ought not allow the bad facts of an exceptional case to set the law for more mundane jurisprudence. An example might just be...read more
The legislature recently tweaked in two ways the definition of “employee” as it applies to NC Workers’ Comp claims. Newspapers lost the presumption that people who deliver their papers are independent contractors rather than employees. While the application of the...read more
A recent audit reported in the Winston Salem Journal shows that despite improvement there are still huge gaps in identifying uninsured NC employers who cheat the workers' comp system in NC. State law requires most employers to have workers' compensation coverage to...read more
North Carolina Workers' Compensation Law: A Practical Guide to Success at Every Stage of a Claim, Third Edition, is now available for purchase. This excellent NC Workers' Compensation Law Guide is edited by Valerie Johnson and Gina Cammarano and is published by the...read more
According to a report by national workers' comp guru Bob Wilson workers' comp "opt-out" legislation is dead in Tennessee for this legislative session. The loss is a big blow to opt-out advocates who had long made it known that Tennessee was ground zero for their...read more
"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble." Plautus Practically every injured employee will at some point be asked to settle or "clincher" their NC workers' compensation case. These requests frequently come from a workers' compensation insurance company adjuster...read more
A lot of factors can affect your workers' comp case in NC, many of which are obvious. These include the seriousness of your injury, how long you are out of work, whether you get proper medical treatment, and whether you need long-term medical care. But here are five...read more
I recently heard from a gentleman who was convinced that his supervisor was trying to get him to quit his job after he was hurt at work in NC. Unfortunately this is a frequent problem. Workers who are hurt at work in NC are often treated badly, especially when they...read more
A law in New Mexico that denied workers' compensation benefits to farm laborers but allowed benefits for workers who processed crops was deemed unconstitutional by the New Mexico Court of Appeals this past week. The ruling effectively eliminated the different...read more
An editorial in the Raleigh News and Observer by Doug Burton, owner of Whitman Masonry, Inc. in Raleigh, elegantly calls for movement on the employee misclassification problem in North Carolina. Employee misclassification occurs when a business owner designates an...read more
The legislature is back in town so it is no surprise that a number of bills have been introduced directly or indirectly affecting workers' compensation in NC. Since the General Assembly's "crossover deadline" was last week this is a good time to take a look at some...read more
Workers' compensation claimants in North Carolina are frequently surprised when a "nurse case manager" calls or even shows up unexpectedly at a doctor's appointment. So, what is a nurse case manager and who do they work for? This blog will answer some of the common...read more
Guest blogging today is Jim Hart, an accomplished Family Law attorney in Cary, North Carolina. Jim addresses three frequent scenarios that arise at the intersection of Domestic Law and NC Workers' Compensation Law: 1) When separation occurs after the injured...read more
According to an article by the N&O's Mandy Locke, North Carolina is becoming less accommodating to employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. Prior articles demonstrated how unscrupulous contractors frequently engage in employee misclassification...read more
The North Carolina Industrial Commission recently approved a badly needed update to the Commission's Medical Fee Schedule. The medical fee schedule sets the maximum compensation that can be charged by medical providers for a particular medical procedure in a North...read more
Workplace deaths in NC were up over 90% last year in North Carolina, jumping from 23 in 2013, to 44 in 2014. The construction industry accounted for 19 on-the-job deaths in 2014, up from 12 in 2013. Many of the deaths in the construction industry occurred within...read more