The Not-So-Simple Slip and Fall

    It’s simple, right? You slip and fall at work, and you get workers’ compensation benefits. Not so fast…it’s not as easy as you may think. How do you know whether your slip and fall entitles you to workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina? Here are some guidelines: Did you fall in the “course and scope” of employment? Generally, to be […]

    WTF is PPD?

    Sometimes, a conversation with a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster sounds like a bunch of gibberish. “PPD” is one of the most commonly used terms in an average North Carolina workers’ compensation claim. It sounds complicated, and your insurance adjuster may throw it out there just to confuse you. Really, PPD is straightforward, once you know the law: PPD = Permanent […]

    Hurricane Dorian and Workers’ Comp

    North Carolinians yet again are reeling from the effects of a hurricane. The high winds and flooding have wreaked havoc on homes, schools, and businesses. Were you injured while preparing for Dorian or from cleaning up afterwards? If you got hurt while doing hurricane work for your employer, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Preparing for Dorian In […]

    Top Three Back Claim Myths

    Ricci Law Firm regularly represents workers who develop serious back conditions. Compensable conditions range from herniated disks to degeneration to stenosis to spondylosis, and the list goes on. Many workers suffering from back pain fail to take advantage of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act by filing a claim. Why? Here are the top three misconceptions among workers suffering from […]

    Pink Slips and Workers’ Comp

    Generally, an employer is not allowed to retaliate against an injured worker just because he or she files a workers’ compensation claim. This includes all sorts of retaliation — demoting, firing, switching to an unfavorable shift, and denying raises and promotions. But beware, injured workers! That does NOT mean the filing of a workers’ compensation claim amounts to a bullet-proof […]

    What is a Workers’ Comp Lien?

    When you are injured on the job in North Carolina, an insurance company may pay your medical bills and disability benefits. If the paying insurer is a workers’ compensation insurer, you are good to go. But if the paying insurer is a different insurer, such as a health care plan or disability plan, then that insurer may place a “lien” […]

    Back to the Basics… Do I Have a Workers’ Comp Case?

    In North Carolina, many work-related injuries are covered by workers’ comp, but many are not. How do you know the difference? Every case is different, and a specialist workers’ compensation attorney can advise you on your unique situation, but here is a quick primer: 1. Injuries due to “accident” For an injury to be covered under workers’ comp in North […]

    When the Checks Stop Coming

    You get hurt on the job in NC. You can’t work. You start receiving weekly workers’ compensation checks. Then one day, those checks just stop coming. Is it legal? What do you do? Here are some answers, from the workers’ compensation specialist attorneys at Ricci Law Firm: Why Did My Checks Stop? In North Carolina, when an insurer accepts your […]

    What is Average Weekly Wage?

    Sick or injured workers in North Carolina may receive both medical benefits and weekly disability benefits. A big question the attorneys at Ricci Law Firm address is “how much will I get each week?” The answer is not as simple as you may think. Determining Average Weekly Wage It is very important for the Average Weekly Wage to be calculated […]