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Can Your Lawyer Approve a Workers’ Comp Settlement Without Your Permission in North Carolina?

No attorney can or should approve settlement of any legal matter including a North Carolina worker’s compensation case without your permission. Your lawyer works for you and you have the right to be informed and the right to make the decision as to settlement. As a practical matter, workers’ compensation settlements are approved through a strictly enforced process which requires that the client sign off on the settlement before it will be approved. The most a North Carolina Workers’ Compensation lawyer can do is recommend a settlement and explain the pros and cons of settling versus continuing with the litigation.

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Colonna’s Shipyard fined more than $100,000 over safety breaches

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined Norfolk-based Colonna’s Shipyard more than $100,000 in penalties for 12 safety and health violations the agency found after an inspection in May, WAVY reported on November 19. Several of the violations cited were unguarded manholes, lack of fall protection, and defective equipment that exposed workers to electrical …

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Employers to adhere to OSHA’s stricter reporting rules next year

At the first of next year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will implement more stringent rules regarding employers’ reporting of work-related injuries, illnesses, and death. Starting January 1, OSHA will require all employers to report any incident of work-related amputations, loss of eyesight, and in-patient hospitalizations within a day. The amended the rules …

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Sen. Casey questions the OSHA’s efforts to protect temp workers

In a letter issued to the director of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) on July 10, U.S. Senate’s workplace safety subcommittee head Sen. Robert Casey scrutinized OSHA’s efforts to protect temporary workers, and asked what further actions the administration can do to increase their safety, ProPublica reported. Casey stated that he was worried about …

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Ladder-related falls a leading workplace hazard, study finds

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that falls involving ladders are a leading cause of workplace injuries and deaths in the U.S. The CDC’s analysis of 2011 national statistics found that 20% of all workplace fall injuries were from ladder falls. The CDC also found that 43% of …

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Industrial worker dies after falling into an extractor

A worker from Randleman was killed following an industrial accident that happened at the Deep River Dyeing plant in Randleman on Friday, December 13. Randleman police identified the man as Martin Soto Rodriguez, 61, a worker at the Deep River Dyeing plant since March 2010. The police stated that before 2:00 p.m., Rodriguez fell into …

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If you are looking at this site, you or a loved one has probably been hurt. If that's true, you've come to the right place. Helping people who have been hurt is what we do. In fact, it is all we do. Joe Miller Law is a law firm concentrating exclusively on representing people who are injured by the carelessness of others or those hurt on the job. We provide the highest quality legal services to people who have been seriously injured. We practice Personal Injury law and Workmens' Compensation law in both Virginia and North Carolina.