Private investigators and hidden camera surveillance might seem like the stuff of suspenseful TV shows. But getting “caught” on camera can be a concern in a workers’ compensation case. In fact, it’s much more common than you might think. A worker gets hurt at work and sees a doctor. The doctor gives the worker restrictions…
Category Archive: Insurance Practices
- November 26, 2014
The N.C. Insurance Commissioner approved a 3.4 percent rate decrease for workers’ compensation insurance premiums for 2015. The rate decrease was requested by the N.C. Rate Bureau, a group representing insurance companies, the News & Observer reported. This is further proof that North Carolina’s worker’s compensation system is working as it should and is not…
- August 20, 2012
A blogger named Matt Fisher recently posted about his family’s treatment at the hands of Progressive Insurance: “My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court.” Fisher’s sister, Katie, was killed in 2010 in an auto accident when another driver ran a red light. The other driver was underinsured, but Katie carried Progressive insurance underinsured…
- April 25, 2012
Interesting reading this week in the Raleigh News & Observer. The newspaper is running a five-part series, “Prognosis: Profits” which reveals how nonprofit hospitals are making big money, paying big salaries and saddling some of their most vulnerable patients with big bills. This is driving up health care costs and putting the burden of the sick…
- June 14, 2010
We recently asked you to write to your state senators in support of legislation that would change how automobile accident claims and other personal injury cases are handled in court. While we still believe that North Carolina’s use of contributory negligence in personal injury cases is antiquated, harsh and punishes injured people, we can no longer…
- June 8, 2010
State lawmakers are preparing to vote on legislation that will impact anyone who is hurt in a car accident or suffers a personal injury that is someone else’s fault. North Carolina is one of only four states that allow the doctrine of contributory negligence as a defense in auto accident and other personal injury cases….
- May 24, 2010
The N.C. General Assembly is considering important legislation that will impact anyone who is hurt in in an automobile accident or suffers from a personal injury. We need you to call, write or email your state senators as soon as possible and tell them to support HB 813, which would change the standard in personal…
- April 28, 2008
Good Morning America has a story that illustrates how insurance companies use deny and delay tactics to avoid paying legitimate insurance claims. In this case, a woman with Stage 4 breast cancer tried to collect disability insurance. But Cigna repeatedly denied Susan Kristoff’s claim for short-term disability. Cigna said she had not proven a disability….
- October 17, 2007
Workers already suffering from injuries are getting another round of punishment heaped upon them. The federal agency that administers Medicare is causing the harm by freezing workers’ compensation payments for months or even years while cases are reviewed.
- September 5, 2007
Anyone who thinks the insurance companies are looking out for consumers needs to read the American Association of Justice’s report Pattern of Greed, which my colleague Grace Kanoy blogged about last week. The American Association of Justice report examines tactics that insurance companies used in denying claims after Hurricane Katrina.