Compensation Conversations

Compensation Conversations is a blog from Anders Newton aimed to help employers and carriers across North Carolina stay updated on workers’ compensation developments. You will find quick legal tips and practice summaries to help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of workers' compensation law.

Addressing Medical Delays During COVID-19

A hallmark right of employers and insurers who direct an employee’s medical care in a North Carolina workers’ compensation case is the ability to require the worker to attend an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME). Similarly, a worker has the right to seek a second opinion from a physician to which both parties agree. Both these…

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Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Claimant Despite Extreme Failure to Prosecute

You snooze, you lose? It is a generally accepted premise in litigation. When plaintiffs drag their feet and fail to prosecute their case – workers’ compensation or any other – they may be subject to severe sanctions such as dismissal of their case. However, according to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, dismissal is not…

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Top 3 Strategies to Handle Workers’ Compensation Claims Virtually

Working virtually during a quarantine presents interesting challenges. But working virtually on workers’ compensation claims presents unique issues above and beyond the ordinary logistical issues like internet glitches, wardrobe malfunctions, and barking dogs. Workers’ compensation claims affect companies’ productivity and workforce, on the one side, and workers’ health and livelihood, on the other. In many…

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Another Victory for Anders Newton Client – Claimant’s Burden to Prove Disability

In North Carolina, injured claimants do not necessarily collect disability benefits, even when they admittedly sustain an accident at work. Attorney Jonathan Anders, a board-certified workers’ compensation specialist in North Carolina, successfully defended such a claim resulting in a $0 award for the claimant and an order compelling claimant to pay his own costs. On…

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NC Workers’ Comp Procedures for Laid-Off Workers

The Coronavirus pandemic is causing record job loss across North Carolina. Some dismissed employees may be workers’ compensation claimants who had returned to work under restrictions. When they get their pink slip, they may incorrectly turn to the workers’ compensation system hoping for an automatic reinstatement of benefits. Attention adjusters! Do not automatically begin paying…

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Coronavirus and NC Workers’ Comp Claims

Is a new batch of claims coming our way? With the first diagnosed case of COVID-19 arising in Wake County, North Carolina this week and with additional cases possible across the state, claims adjusters should prepare for associated workers’ compensation claims. At-risk work environments If Coronavirus spreads in North Carolina, we may see an increase…

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Emergency Workers’ Comp Procedures

During this Coronavirus pandemic, the team at Anders Newton continues to work diligently to represent employers and insurers in workers’ compensation matters.  Like other professionals, we are working remotely as needed to decrease the spread of the disease but, thanks to technology, are still as accessible as ever to our clients. For pending workers’ compensation…

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Investigating Remote Work Injuries

Hoping to keep workers safe and minimize the spread of Coronavirus, many North Carolina employers are allowing – or even requiring – employees to work remotely from home. While working from home may reduce the risk of virus exposure, the unusual work environment may lead to work-related injuries at home. Step 1: Valid injury claim?…

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Watch Out! Top 3 Workers’ Compensation Goofs to Avoid in 2020

It’s a jungle out there, folks. North Carolina’s workers’ compensation adjusters are expected to manage loads of workers’ compensation cases spanning many legal issues – and of course, do so without making mistakes. The Workers’ Comp Act is hundreds of pages long and adjusters handle hundreds of cases, so there is plenty to say, but…

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