North Carolina Workers’ Comp Defense Blog


2014 NC Case Law Update

NC Workers Comp Law Updates

This post contains a summary of significant 2014 Workers Compensation cases decided by the Courts, along with “practice tips” for addressing these issues. Covered topics include: Medical Causation, notice defenses, subsequent injuries, use of surveillance, time bar defenses, reformation of form agreements, change of treating physicians, and vocational rehabilitation.

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Death Cases and Resulting Claims for Benefits: An Overview

Death Cases and Resulting Claims for Benefits

This post provides a general overview for handling death cases under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Death cases and the resulting claims can be extremely fact specific so it is always best to discuss specific claims with an attorney. Below you will find questions to ask as you work through death claims in North Carolina.

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When is Filing a Form 24 Application Proper?

When to File Form 24 Application Workers Comp CSH Law

The second blog of a four part blog series covers When filing a Form 24 application is appropriate. This blog post will address specific situations involving return to work, compliance, and the catch-all “miscellaneous” scenarios. There are instances when it is appropriate to terminate TTD benefits without Industrial Commission approval and those are covered in the first blog post in this series.

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Save Money with a Successful Form 24 Strategy

Save Money Successful Form 24 Strategy CSH Law

This is the first post of a four-part blog series that will discuss tips and strategies to give employers the best chance of prevailing on Form 24 Applications, and as a result, saving their companies money. These tips and strategies are broken down into the following posts: Part 1 – Terminating TTD Benefits WITHOUT First Obtaining Permission From the North Carolina Industrial Commission (this post). Part 2 – When Is Filing a Form 24 Application Appropriate? Part 3 – How to Successfully Prepare a Form 24 Application. Part 4 – Recognizing – and Avoiding – Common Pitfalls to Winning a Form 24 Application.

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Adjusters: Best Practices for Dealing with Liens

Claims Adjuster Best Practices Dealing with Liens

In North Carolina workers’ compensation claims, there are 3 entities that we see most often with a lien that must be satisfied out of any settlement paid to the injured worker: Health Insurance Providers, Veterans Administration, and Child Support Agencies. This blog post offers adjusters a few simple steps you can take to deal with liens efficiently when handling a claim.

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Important Workers’ Comp Legislative Update

NC Industrial Commission Rules

Legislative UPDATE: On June 27, 2013, the House passed a committee substitute to SB 174, which, in addition to disapproving certain rules of the Industrial Commission (with, in some instances, mandating how to fix the rule), also made some changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act. This post covers in detail SB 174.

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