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…

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Implications of Recent Case Law on the Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

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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…

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Kyla Block and Melissa Woodard Obtain Favorable Opinion from Full Commission Regarding Nuanced Disability Claim

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Teague Campbell attorneys Kyla Block and Melissa Woodard recently received a favorable decision from the Full Commission in a nuanced disability argument.  Melissa argued the case before the Full Commission in February 2019 and the Commission’s Opinion and Award was filed July 2019.  The claim involved a high-level employee at a production plant who sustained…

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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…

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Matt Little and Becky Thornton Obtain Favorable Opinion from United States Court of Appeals in Animal Genetics Case

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Teague Campbell attorneys Matt Little and Becky Thornton handled an animal genetics and cyrogenics case through the Fourth Circuit on behalf of Genex Coorperative, Inc. Genex Cooperative, Inc. is a high-tech genetics company from Wisconsin that specializes in in vitro fertilization and other genetic manipulation of pureblood cattle.  The case involved issues of breach of…

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