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 […]

    Setback for NC Firefighters Seeking Workers’ Comp Changes

    North Carolina firefighters, first responders, and their advocacy groups just hit a firewall in their fight for additional workers’ compensation benefits. Despite impressive lobbying, two bills designed to help first responders collect workers’ compensation benefits are stalled, at least for now. What was the problem? Firefighter cancer Under current North Carolina workers’ compensation law, there are two ways for a […]

    Workers’ Compensation Adjusters’ Dirty Little Secrets

    Injured at work in North Carolina? Confused about the process, the law, and whether you are being treated fairly? Many times, it is no accident that the insurance adjuster seems to know it all and leaves you in the dark – with knowledge comes power. Below are the top three secrets the insurance companies do not want you to know: […]

    Overuse Injuries in NC

    North Carolina workers often experience pain due to the overuse of certain body parts. For some people, overuse pain can be permanent and even debilitating. Some workers feel dull aching pain, while others describe more pinching, stabbing pain. Regardless, workers’ comp may cover those conditions, so it is important to seek help and know what to look for. Body parts […]

    Independence Day for Injured Workers

    Happy Independence Day from Ricci Law Firm! Every year, Americans celebrate independence on July 4 and take time to kick back, relax, and appreciate their great nation. Not only did the United States revolt successfully against England — a formidable opponent to say the least – but it also formed a brilliantly organized system of government. Independence worth celebrating. One […]

    Mechanics Injuries in North Carolina

    Most mechanics working in North Carolina are covered under workers’ compensation insurance, provided by their employers. The mechanic field tends to be high-risk, meaning that the chance of injury is higher than in other fields. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Ricci Law Firm regularly represent mechanics injured in the course of their employment. The risks Unlike many fields of manual […]

    What in the World is MMI?

    For a workers’ compensation patient in North Carolina, the term “MMI” seems significant. MMI stands for Maximum Medical Improvement. So why is it such a big deal? Mission Accomplished The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act was created to achieve one major goal:  to heal sick or injured workers so they can return to work. The insurer must provide medical treatment […]

    Top 3 Tips for Testifying in Workers’ Compensation Cases

    Many workers’ compensation clients at Ricci Law Firm never testify about their injury. If the process goes smoothly, the attorney does all the talking, and the parties may reach a settlement or agreement outside of court. However, sometimes to achieve justice for the injured worker, the attorney recommends a hearing where the employee will testify. Here are our top three […]

    Do Injured Workers With Attorneys Get Better Medical Care?

    The attorneys at Ricci Law Firm represent both injured workers and workers who have developed occupational diseases due to their employment.  In both instances, they have seen many examples of improved medical care once they worker hires an attorney to get on board.  How is this possible when all North Carolina doctors are required to be licensed?  Consider the following: […]

    Sunblock and Attorneys

    Break out the Banana Boat, folks…it’s sunny out there! What do sunblock and workers’ compensation attorneys have in common? Sounds like the beginning of a great joke, right? But as summer looms nearer and you slather on the suntan oil, you may just see a connection. 1. They both protect you from possible harm Just like a good SPF 50, […]