North Carolina Workers' Compensation Law: A Practical Guide to Success at Every Stage of a Claim
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North Carolina Workers' Compensation Law: A Practical Guide to Success at Every Stage of a Claim is a must have reference guide for all North Carolina workers' compensation practitioners. This 22-chapter publication addresses recent changes to the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act and guides practitioners through all stages of a workers' compensation claim.
This workers' compensation manual does not merely recite the statute and case law—it provides in-depth analysis of legal issues and offers practical advice from experienced North Carolina workers' compensation practitioners on a wide range of topics including litigating injury by accident and occupational disease cases, fighting obstacles to appropriate medical compensation, handling death claims and third party actions, defining and proving disability, calculating average weekly wage, and much more.
For this Fourth edition, consider these chapters in conjunction with your own independent research; as we all know, the law is subject to change.
The Executive Secretary, Deputy Commissioners, a Commissioner, and a Court of Appeals Judge also offer their practical tips for successfully litigating a North Carolina workers' compensation claim at every stage, including advice for filing motions with the Office of the Executive Secretary, representing clients in Form 23 and Form 24 proceedings, filing Expedited Medical Motions, litigating a case at the Deputy Commissioner Level, handling an appeal at the Full Commission level, and handling an appeal at the appellate court level.
Lastly, the 740+ page manual includes fingertip access to more than 10 Industrial Commission Forms and 24 sample motions and orders. This publication is edited by Valerie A. Johnson of Copeley Johnson & Groninger, PLLC and Kevin Bunn of Kevin Bunn, Attorney at Law, P.C., both of whom are North Carolina State Bar board certified workers' compensation specialists.
The ISBN for the Third Edition was 9781522123439.
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Table of contents
About the Co-Editors
About the Authors
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION AND HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
1.1. THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
1.2. THE DEVELOPMENT OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION
1.3. THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES
1.4. WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACTS WERE COMPROMISE LEGISLATION
CHAPTER 2 INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION JURISDICTION IN NORTH CAROLINA
WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS
2.2. JURISDICTION OF THE PARTIES
2.3. JURISDICTION OF THE INJURY
2.4. APPELLATE JURISDICTION
2.5. MISCELLANEOUS JURISDICTION
CHAPTER 3 INJURY BY ACCIDENT
3.1. OVERVIEW AND HISTORY
3.2. STATUTORY DEFINITION AND INTERPRETATIONS
3.3. GENERAL RULE
3.4. SPECIFIC TRAUMATIC INCIDENTS
CHAPTER 4 INJURIES ARISING OUT OF EMPLOYMENT
4.1. OVERVIEW AND HISTORY
4.2. STATUTORY DEFINITION AND INTERPRETATIONS
4.3. TESTS TO DETERMINE CONNECTION TO WORK
4.4. CATEGORIES OF INJURIES
CHAPTER 5 IN THE COURSE OF THE EMPLOYMENT
5.2. PREMISES EXCEPTION
5.3. CONTRACTUAL DUTY EXCEPTION
5.4. WHEN THE WORKER IS REQUIRED TO USE HER OWN VEHICLE AT WORK
5.5. SPECIAL ERRAND EXCEPTION
5.6. DUAL PURPOSE EXCEPTION
5.7. TRAVELING SALESPERSON EXCEPTION
CHAPTER 6 PROVING CAUSATION IN WORKERS' COMPENSATION CASES
6.1. THE STARTING POINT: THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE
6.2. WHEN THE WORKPLACE ACCIDENT/DISEASE IS NOT THE SOLE CAUSE OF
6.3. UNKNOWN CAUSES
6.4. CHAIN OF CAUSATION AND INTERVENING CAUSES
6.5. ISSUES REGARDING PROOF OF CAUSATION
CHAPTER 7 PROVING DISABILITY
7.2. STATUTORY PROVISIONS
7.3. MEANING, PRESUMPTIONS, AND THE BURDEN OF PROOF
7.4. STANDARDS FOR PROVING DISABILITY
7.5. TOTAL DISABILITY
7.6. PARTIAL DISABILITY
7.7. 2011 AMENDMENTS
CHAPTER 8 OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES
8.2. STATUTORY PROVISIONS
8.3. LISTED OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES
8.4. UNLISTED OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES
8.5. LAST INJURIOUS EXPOSURE
8.6. STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
8.7. PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
CHAPTER 9 MEDICAL COMPENSATION
9.1. MEDICAL COMPENSATION—AN OVERVIEW
9.2. MEDICAL COMPENSATION AS DELINEATED BY STATUTE
9.3. MEDICAL COMPENSATION AS DESCRIBED BY INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION
9.4. MEDICAL COMPENSATION AS DISCERNED BY CASE LAW
9.5. MEDICAL COMPENSATION AS DEVELOPED BY COUNSEL
9.6. MEDICAL COMPENSATION—CONCLUSION
CHAPTER 10 VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT
10.1. HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
10.2. THE VOCATIONAL PROFESSIONAL
10.3. VOCATIONAL PROCESS
10.4. JOB SEARCH AND PLACEMENT AND SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT
10.5. PRACTICE TIPS
CHAPTER 11 ACCESS TO MEDICAL INFORMATION: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-25.6
11.2. ACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS
11.3. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
11.4. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
11.5. COMMUNICATIONS BY/WITH REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS
CHAPTER 12 AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE
12.2. CALCULATION OF THE AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE
12.3. DETERMINATION OF THE AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE IN SPECIAL
CHAPTER 13 CREDITS UNDER THE NORTH CAROLINA WORKERS'
13.1. CREDITS FOR ALTERNATIVE PLAN PAYMENTS (N.C. GEN. STAT. § 97-42)
13.2. CREDITS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (N.C. GEN. STAT. § 97-42.1)
CHAPTER 14 SETTLEMENT, CLINCHERS, RATINGS AND CHANGE OF CONDITION
14.4. SPECIFIC SITUATIONS AND ISSUES
14.5. PARTING WORDS
CHAPTER 15 DEATH CLAIMS
15.2. TIME LIMIT ON THE OCCURRENCE OF THE DEATH
15.3. NOTICE AND FILING REQUIREMENTS
15.4. INDEPENDENT CLAIM THAT ARISES AT DEATH
15.6. DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS
15.7. BENEFICIARIES: WHOLE DEPENDENTS, PARTIAL DEPENDENTS AND NEXT OF
15.8. ASBESTOSIS OR SILICOSIS CLAIMS
15.9. WHERE AN EMPLOYEE DIES OF UNRELATED CAUSE BEFORE
COMPENSATION DUE IS PAID
15.10. INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION HEARINGS xii
15.11. ISSUES APPLICABLE TO ATTORNEYS IN DEATH CLAIMS
CHAPTER 16 CONSIDER USING N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-10.2(j) TO BRING YOUR CLIENT
CLOSER TO WHOLE
16.2. WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER USING THE N.C. GEN. STAT. § 97-10.2(j)
16.3. WHERE TO FILE A N.C. GEN. STAT. § 97-10.2(j) ACTION
16.4. ELEMENTS OF PROOF NEEDED FOR A N.C. GEN. STAT. § 97- 10.2(j) ORDER
16.5. NECESSARY EVIDENCE AT A N.C. GEN. STAT. § 97-10.2(j) HEARING
16.6. THE ISSUES THE PRESIDING JUDGE IS ALLOWED TO DECIDE
16.7. DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROCEEDS
16.8. POSITIVE OUTCOMES OF N.C. GEN. STAT. § 97-10.2(j) PROCEEDINGS
16.9. DOES THE CLIENT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PURSUING HER WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM AND PURSUING A THIRD PARTY ACTION?
16.10. INTERPLAY BETWEEN UM/UIM AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LIENS
16.11. WHO ELSE HAS STANDING TO FILE A N.C. GEN. STAT. § 97- 10.2(j) ACTION?
CHAPTER 17 MOTIONS PRACTICE BEFORE THE OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE
SECRETARY AND FORM 23 AND FORM 24 INFORMAL HEARINGS—A PRACTICAL
17.2. MOTIONS PRACTICE
17.3. FORM 23 AND FORM 24 APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 18 NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION EXPEDITED AND
EMERGENCY MEDICAL MOTIONS
18.2. WHEN A MEDICAL MOTION MAY BE FILED
18.3. PROCEDURE FOR EXPEDITED MEDICAL MOTIONS
18.4. PROCEDURE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL MOTIONS
18.5. APPELLATE REVIEW OF DECISIONS DEEMED INTERLOCUTORY
18.6. GENERAL DISCUSSION
CHAPTER 19 PRACTICAL TIPS FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION HEARINGS
19.1. SCOPE NOTE
19.2. INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION
19.3. THE PRE-HEARING PROCESS
19.4. DOCKETING AND IMMEDIATE PRE-HEARING PROCESS
19.5. THE HEARING ITSELF
CHAPTER 20 PRACTICE BEFORE THE FULL INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION
20.2. NOTICE OF APPEAL
20.3. APPEALS TIMELINES AND CLERK'S OFFICE PROCEDURES FOLLOWING
APPEAL TO THE FULL COMMISSION
20.4. FORM 44 APPLICATION FOR REVIEW
20.5. SCOPE OF FULL COMMISSION REVIEW
20.6. FULL COMMISSION MEDICAL MOTION PROCEDURE
20.8. MOTIONS OR COMMUNICATIONS AFTER APPEAL IS FILED
20.9. BRIEFING YOUR CASE BEFORE THE FULL COMMISSION
20.10. ARGUING YOUR CASE BEFORE THE FULL COMMISSION AND POST-
20.11. APPEALS TO THE NORTH CAROLINA COURT OF APPEALS
20.12. REMAND FROM THE APPELLATE COURTS
CHAPTER 21 EFFECTIVE APPELLATE ADVOCACY FOR WORKERS'
21.1. GENERAL APPELLATE CONSIDERATIONS
21.2. PREPARING FOR THE APPEAL AT THE COMMISSION STAGE
21.3. RECORD ON APPEAL
21.4. THE BRIEF: THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT OTHER THAN THE OPINION
21.5. CORRECTING RULES VIOLATIONS
21.7. ORAL ARGUMENTS
21.8. POST-OPINION PROCEEDINGS
CHAPTER 22 MEDICARE AS A SECONDARY PAYER AND WORKERS'
22.2. MEDICARE SECONDARY PAYER ACT (MSPA)
22.3. CONSIDERATION OF MEDICARE'S INTEREST IN SETTLEMENT EVALUATION
22.4. FUTURE INTEREST
22.5. OTHER PROGRAM CONSIDERATIONS