Valerie Johnson

3 Things You Can Do to Survive The Wait During Your Workers’ Comp Case

What’s the best thing to do when you just have to wait until your case is done?

Valerie Johnson

America’s Most Dangerous Jobs

Across America, the risk of serious occupational injury or death continues to fall due to increased attention to safety training and procedures. Nevertheless, some fields continue to see comparatively high rates. Know the risks and be careful out there!

Valerie Johnson

Workers Comp is based on disability

An injured worker is entitled to only three types of payments from workers’ comp: (1) payment for medical treatment, (2) payment for lost wages, and (3) payment for any permanent injuries.

John Bair

What Workers’ Compensation Actually Means

We have all seen those commercials for law firms that help injured people obtain their workers’ compensation benefits when obstacles arise. However, if you have never filed a claim for an on-the-job injury, the ins and outs of workers’ compensation […]

T. Thomas Metier

Does a Delay in Recognizing a Causal Connection Allow a Delay in the Tolling of a Statute of Limitations in a Negligence Case?

In Boettcher v. Conoco-Phillips Co., No. No. 17-6115 (W.D. Okla., 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit answers that question. Plaintiffs Thomas Boettcher and Pamelia Vennerberg (“Boettchers”) allege Boettcher’s cancer was caused by exposure to emissions […]

Valerie Johnson

Pain Killer Limits for Workers’ Compensation Claimants?

Like many states, North Carolina has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, and workers’ compensation claimants are particularly vulnerable, because they must find a way to control their pain, so they can get back to work.

Bryan Pope

Can Autonomous Cars Prevent Workplace Accidents?

In 2017, Texas State Governor Greg Abbot signed a bill into law that explicitly allowed driverless vehicle in the State of Texas (many companies have already been testing such vehicles in Austin, Arlington and Houston). And driverless trucks have been […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Was the Drilling Company Negligent in Five Oil-Rig Deaths?

On Monday, January 22, 2018, an explosion rocked an oil rig south of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reports showed that 16 employees escaped with minor injuries, with one employee airlifted to a nearby hospital with burn injuries. Five more employees, however, were […]

T. Thomas Metier

In a Negligence Case, Should the Court Presume a Defendant Was at Fault Unless He Proves Otherwise or Must Negligence Be Proved by the Asserting Plaintiff?

In Bedford v. Doe, No. 10-4558, (8th Cir. Dec. 12, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit undertook this issue. Raeburn Bedford (“Bedford”) was a truck driver who was injured after he opened the door to […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Ohio Contractor Exposes Roofers to Fall Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited Ohio roofing contractor, Casey Bortles, for safety violations. They found that the contractor was not protecting his employees from falls and other hazards, and proposed penalties of $91,629. Bortles has been […]