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Delayed Symptoms

The attorneys at Cardinal Law Partners have spoken to hundreds of clients about their workplace and motor vehicle accidents.  We understand that not all the injury symptoms appear immediately.  Sometimes, the effects of an accident manifest themselves hours or days later.  Cardinal Law Partners has years of experience helping clients develop strong cases where the […]

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Will Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits Be Taxed?

Receiving compensation for a workplace injury or a work-related occupational disease is a bad deal for the worker. In North Carolina, the injured worker gets only a portion of their average weekly wage for the weeks they miss from work. The amount of injured workers receive is only 2/3 of their average gross weekly pay […]

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What is an IME?

IME stands for Independent Medical Examination. In my experience, there is rarely anything independent about the medical examinations. If your treating doctor (the physician that the insurance company originally selected to treat you at a place relatively close to where you live and work) recommends a surgery or expensive treatment, the workers’ compensation insurance company […]

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When “Light Duty” is really not light.

If you practice workers’ compensation law and represent injured workers, then it will not take long before you need to advise a client on light duty. It becomes the same story every time. The worker suffers an injury while working. Someone from the employer tells the worker to seek treatment from the “company doctor” or […]

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7 Things that every Injured Worker should do within 3 days of being injured.

All too often I speak to injured workers about their potential workers’ compensation claims months after they were injured.  Whether it is because they did not believe their injury was too severe, or whether their employer promised them help with their injury, many injured workers choose a “wait and see” approach when determining whether they […]

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The #1 Question I get asked as a Board Certified WC Attorney

As a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation attorney in North Carolina, I have spoken to hundreds of injured workers about their claims. When I speak to these folks after reviewing their cases, there is one question I get asked more than any other: “Am I getting everything from the workers’ compensation insurance company I am supposed […]

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What is the process to obtain benefits for my injury at work?

Any time someone is injured at work, the first thing you need to do is report the injury to your employer. This notice of injury may be reported to the employer verbally or in writing. Although you can provide verbal notice of any injury to your employer, I always recommend written notice of the injury […]

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Why have I not heard anything after reporting my injury to my employer?

There are several reasons why you may not have been contacted by anyone concerning your injury at work after reporting the injury to your employer: 1. Your employer may not have reported your injury to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Just because you reported the injury at work to your employer, this does not mean […]

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Why is claim adjuster not calling me back or responding to my emails?

I often receive phone calls from injured workers because the adjuster is not returning phone calls or responding to emails. In many of these situations I hear from the injured worker that everything was going okay until the claims adjuster stopped returning phone calls and responding to emails. There are several reasons why this situation […]

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What benefits am I entitled to receive as a result of my injury at work?

When an employer or workers’ compensation insurance carrier accepts liability for an injury or is ordered to provide benefits by the N.C. Industrial Commission for a work place injury, the injured worker is entitled to receive 2 sets of benefits, disability compensation and medical compensation. Disability compensation takes 3 different forms: total disability, partial disability […]

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