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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Injured workers who are determined by their authorized treating physician to be disabled because of their workplace injury should receive disability payments paid by their employer or their employer's insurance company. These disability benefits are intended to...read more
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