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Fall 2014 Election Endorsements — N.C. Senate

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The N.C. Advocates for Justice endorses the following candidates for N.C. Senate in the upcoming Nov. 4 election in North Carolina.  These candidates have the best records when it comes to supporting the rights of injured and disabled people. The endorsements are listed by district. Just scroll to find the appropriate district. For a full […]




Fall 2014 Election Endorsements – N.C. House of Representatives

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The N.C. Advocates for Justice endorses the following candidates for N.C. House of Representatives in the upcoming Nov. 4 election in North Carolina.  These candidates have the best records when it comes to supporting the rights of injured and disabled people. The endorsements are listed by district. Just scroll to find the appropriate district. For […]




Industrial Commission files criminal charges against 5 businesses without workers’ comp insurance

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A News & Observer investigation last year revealed that as many as 30,000 North Carolina businesses don’t have workers’ compensation insurance, which is required by state law, to protect their employees who are hurt on the job. The N.C. Industrial Commission this week filed the first criminal charges against five Guilford County employers who have […]




NC HB369 bad for taxpayers, hospitals and undocumented workers

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I wanted to follow up on last week’s blog post about the proposed N.C. House Bill 369, which would end workers’ compensation benefits and medical treatment for undocumented workers who are hurt on the job. This is a bad bill all around for hardworking immigrants, North Carolina taxpayers, hospitals, companies and all North Carolina workers […]




Rewarded for Hiring Undocumented Workers?

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The N.C. General Assembly is considering another 11th hour bill this session that would encourage companies to hire undocumented workers to avoid paying for workers’ compensation insurance and workers’ comp claims for injured employees. N.C. House Bill 369 would not extend workers’ compensation coverage to certain undocumented workers injured on the job. The current law […]




NCAJ Speaks Out Against State Budget Bill Provision To Fire Workers’ Comp Judges

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The N.C. Advocates for Justice, a group dedicated to protecting citizens’ rights, is speaking out against provisions in the proposed state budget bill that would affect whether North Carolina workers’ compensation court judges could keep their jobs and how such judges are appointed in the future.  At issue is Section 15.1.6(b) of the N.C. budget bill, […]




Beware of scam emails: they may look and sound official, but they’re not

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A client recently forwarded me an official-sounding email he received that mentioned his court case and also referenced problems with his Social Security number. The email, which appeared to come from another law firm, said the client was facing criminal charges for fraud, among other things. It also said his Social Security number had been […]




N.C. veterans can report problems with VA treatment via confidential hotline

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Undoubtedly, you have heard news reports about the VA scandal that has sparked a wide-ranging investigation into Department of Veterans’ Affairs treatment of veterans seeking health care and benefits. It’s a story of substandard care, scheduling nightmares and delayed life-saving medical procedures. And fear — with VA doctors, patients and many VA workers afraid to speak up for […]




N.C. Senate Bill 648 would make it harder for injured people to sue the companies responsible for their injuries

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Yet another bill aimed at limiting the rights of injured people is under consideration in the N.C. General Assembly. N.C. Senate Bill 648, sponsored by Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, but most likely influenced by the pro-business American Legislative Exchange Council, would make it harder for people who been injured by a defective product to sue.  […]