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Category Archive: Workers’ Compensation

Workers Compensation for Undocumented Workers, Part 3: Handling Challenging Claims

This is Part 3 of our series on workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants. You can find links to the entire series here. It is not unusual for undocumented workers to use a pseudonym, or false name, when seeking employment. In fact, it’s not unusual for several people to share the same pseudonym. It’s important your…

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Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers, Part 2: Your Rights Under NC Law

This is Part 2 of our series on workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants. You can find links to the entire series here. North Carolina is home to about 250,000 undocumented immigrants, who represent more than 5 percent of the state’s labor force. These workers are entitled to the same legal protections as anyone else if…

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Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers: A New Blog Series

Today we begin a new series on the blog about the process of applying for workers’ compensation in North Carolina if you are an undocumented worker. Despite what your employer, the insurance company or coworkers may have told you, if you are hurt at work, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of your…

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Surveillance Not Uncommon in Workers’ Compensation Cases

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…

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Your social media posts may impact your workers’ comp or injury case

“Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” If you’ve watched any cop shows or movies, you’re probably familiar with those words. While Miranda rights only apply in criminal cases, those words are true even in civil cases. What you say to the insurance adjuster, to your friends,…

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Beware Bad Tax Advice About Workers’ Compensation Payments

If your tax preparer tells you that you need to claim your workers’ compensation payment as income, it’s time to find a new accountant. Workers’ compensation benefits, whether paid as weekly checks or settlements, are NEVER taxable. Now that tax season is in full swing, we’ve been getting calls and questions from clients who are being…

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Lawmakers Ask for Federal Oversight of State Workers’ Comp Programs

Ten powerful members of Congress, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, have asked the federal government to resume oversight and monitoring of workers’ compensation in the wake of drastic cuts to benefits for injured workers. “State workers’ compensation laws are no longer providing adequate levels of support and compensation for workers injured on the job,”…

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Call N.C. Senators to Oppose Workers’ Comp Trucking Bill

Out-of-state trucking companies want to push the cost of caring for injured truck drivers onto North Carolina taxpayers. It’s just the latest effort by big business to destroy North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system and to gut benefits in favor of profits. N.C. Senate Bill 205, which is currently being considered in committee but could soon…

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Retailers, insurers funding campaign to gut workers’ comp benefits in NC, elsewhere

Walmart, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Kohls and many of the nation’s largest retailers, insurers and corporations are bankrolling campaigns to change workers’ compensation laws and limit benefits nationwide. North Carolina is one of the next states they’re targeting. According to a recent piece in Mother Jones, the corporations are funding the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’…

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Hospitals Fail to Protect Nurses from Injuries

You probably don’t think of nursing as a dangerous profession. But each year, more than 35,000 nurses, orderlies and nurses assistants suffer back and arm injuries that are serious enough that they have to miss work, according to surveys from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A recent NPR series found that…

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