Court of Appeals Sees Through Attempt to Skirt Workers’ Compensation Rules on Employees and Independent Contractors

Bruce Hamilton and Luke West

In Macias v. BSI Associates, Inc. d/b/a Carolina Chimney, No. COA 19-299 (November 5, 2019), a recent unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeals reiterated its adherence to the Hayes doctrine for determining whether an injured worker is an “employee” and therefore entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, or an “independent contractor” and not entitled to any…

Update from the NC Industrial Commission

Bruce Hamilton

The North Carolina Industrial Commission recently published its 2019 Annual Report. In addition to the statistical overview of fiscal year 2018-2019, (61,776 workers’ compensation claims filed for the fiscal year), the IC also reported that the long-awaited modern case management system is projected to go live by June 2020. The IC realized cost savings by…

Implications of Recent Case Law on the Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

Bruce Hamilton and Elizabeth Ligon

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently released two decisions that impact the state’s exclusive remedy doctrine. Under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-10.1, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act provides an exclusive remedy for unintentional work-related injuries. This provision affords North Carolina employers “limited” liability and allows employers to more accurately calculate their exposures, unlike…

Change in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Procedure: Insurance Carriers No Longer Allowed to File Motion Pleadings at Commission

Courtney Britt and Bruce Hamilton

Industrial Commission Executive Secretary Meredith Henderson announced this week that beginning Monday, September 18, 2017, the Commission will no longer accept motion filings or motion responses from adjusters or insurance carriers.  Documents the Commission will no longer accept from adjusters include Form 24s, and responses to Form 23s, Form 28Us and Form 18Ms, as well…

Governor Cooper Signs HB 26 Into Law

Bruce Hamilton

On July 20, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 26 into law.  In response to Wilkes v. City of Greenville, HB 26 amends G.S. § 97-82(b) of the Workers’ Compensation Act, specifically addressing the issue of medical presumption in Wilkes.  Please reach out to a member of our Workers’ Compensation team with any questions or concerns.