Occupational Diseases: An Overview

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There are two categories of workers’ compensation claims: injury by accident and occupational disease claims.  Occupational diseases are contracted over time based on the nature of the employee’s job.  Some of the most common examples are hearing loss, respiratory diseases from alleged exposure to harmful chemicals or dust, and carpal tunnel syndrome. North Carolina has…

Does NC COA decision in Jackson v. The Timken Co. threaten the exclusive remedy doctrine?

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The increasing trend of employers to provide on-site medical staff can have numerous benefits for both employees and employers. Due to convenience, employees may be more likely to utilize the on-site medical services, leading to quicker identification of health issues and easier management of health care needs and costs for both parties. Employees may spend…

Proposed Opioid and Prescription Rules Designed to Combat Opioid Crisis

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Opioid use continues to be a growing crisis in North Carolina and across the country. In an effort to continue to take steps to reduce availability and use of prescription pain killers, the Rules Review Commission, part of the Industrial Commission, recently issued proposed rules regarding opioids, prescriptions, and pain management. The rules are specifically…