Mar 08, 2018

First Responders in Florida Currently Not Provided Disability Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Today's post comes from Kristina Thompson at the Jernigan Law Firm. First Responders in Florida Not Provided Disability Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In the wake of the devastating school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida some of the first responders, firefighters, EMT workers, and law enforcement officers, will possibly develop a condition known [...]

Feb 23, 2018

NFL and Concussion Facts – What About Bicycle Riders?

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Today's post comes from attorney Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr. NFL and Concussion Facts – What About Bicycle Riders? The National Football League (NFL) is concerned about concussions and they should be. I recently attended a program at Duke Law School (https://law.duke.edu/sports/headtrauma/) on Head Trauma in Football that mentioned the concerns parents have about [...]

Feb 16, 2018

Criminal Penalties under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act

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Today's post comes from attorney Anthony L. Lucas. Criminal Penalties under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act People are often surprised to learn that there are criminal penalties under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Below is a list of some (not all) of the crimes you should know about if you are involved with the [...]

Feb 13, 2018

“What are my rights after I get hurt at work?”

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Today's post comes from attorney Kristina B. Thompson. “What are my rights after I get hurt at work?” It’s the first question an injured worker thinks about. Once a workers’ compensation claim is filed on a Form 18 with the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the insurance company must accept or deny the claim (see [...]

Jan 26, 2018

2017 Top Ten Workers’ Compensation Fraud Cases

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  2017 Top Ten Workers’ Compensation Fraud Cases  by Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr. Raleigh, N.C. Non-Employee Fraud Cases - 10   $ 697.4 Million Employee Fraud Cases - 0   $ 0                   Total Fraud   $ 697.4 Million Seven of the top ten cases in 2017 are from California, two from Texas, [...]

Jan 23, 2018

Do I need to buy workers’ compensation insurance in North Carolina?

By |January 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized, employment, Injuries, injury, Insurance, insurance carriers, Workers' Comp' Basics, workers' compensastion, workers' law, workers'compensation law, workplace accidents|Comments Off on Do I need to buy workers’ compensation insurance in North Carolina?

Today's post comes from Kristina Thompson, attorney at the Jernigan Law Firm. Do I need to buy workers' compensation insurance in North Carolina? Here's the general rule:  in North Carolina, if you are an employer and regularly employ three or more employees, you must have workers' compensation insurance. Seems pretty straight forward, right? For such a [...]

Jan 19, 2018

Fatal Workplace Injuries Increase by 7 Percent

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For the third consecutive year workplace fatalities have increased according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, the most recent year for statistics, 5,190 workplace fatalities were reported (a 7-percent increase from 2015). There were 5,190 workplace fatalities in the United States compared to 4,836 in [...]

Dec 20, 2017

What should I do if I get injured at work?

By |December 20th, 2017|Workplace Safety, workers-compensation, workers' comp basics, Workers' Comp Q & A, workers' compensation, Workers' Compensation. Workplace Injury, workers' law, workers'compensation law, workplace accidents, Workplace Injury|Comments Off on What should I do if I get injured at work?

You've been hurt at work. What are the first things you should think about? Number one:  getting well so you can have the best medical recovery and return to work. Second: notifying your employer of the accident. Third: properly filing your claim on a Form 18:  Notice of Accident with the North Carolina Industrial [...]

Nov 14, 2017

Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) a Compensable Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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“This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Questions?” Do you remember that anti-drug commercial for the 1980s? Well, it turns out professional athletes – who spend years training their bodies to compete in the highest level of sports are permanently damaging their brains as well. CTE Studies The JAMA study from earlier [...]

Mar 30, 2017

Falls Cause Rising Number of Brain Injuries in Older Adults

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According to the latest report from the CDC, from 2007 to 2013, the rate for traumatic brain injuries that resulted in emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths increased 39 percent. Traumatic brain injuries contribute to about 30 percent of all injury deaths. It was initially believed that the increase in brain injuries was caused [...]

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