North Carolina Works to Combat Opioid Crisis

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As opioid use continues to plague the community, as part of the workers’ compensation system and otherwise, North Carolina is one of many states working to take steps to reduce availability and use of prescription pain killers. Per the North Carolina Opioid Action Plan (2017-2021), prepared by the Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee (PDAAC), unintentional…

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Fourth Circuit Clarifies Statute of Limitations Applicable in Lawsuit Following Flood Insurance Claim

Plaintiffs’ waterfront home was damaged during Hurricane Irene in August of 2011. After the storm, Plaintiffs made a claim under a flood insurance policy issued by Allstate Insurance Company (“Allstate”) under the National Flood Insurance Program. Following inspections of the property by engineers hired by both Allstate and Plaintiffs, Allstate denied the claim. FEMA upheld…

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Reduction in Approved MSA Accounts Now Possible

According to the July 10, 2017 version of the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal (WCMSAP) User Guide, you may now request a reduction in the amount of a CMS-approved workers’ compensation MSA account if you believe the projected care has changed so much that the new proposed amount would result in a 10% or $10,000…

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