Working Outside Your Comfort Zone

    Ever been pushed outside your comfort zone? Sometimes, getting pushed outside a comfort zone is a good thing. We take off the training wheels from our daughter’s bike. We force our tween to attend the school dance. We make our meat-and-potatoes husband try sushi. We shove our timid friend onto the karaoke stage. Moving outside a comfort zone often opens […]

    Returning to Work After an Injury

    For some sick or injured workers who successfully heal after a workers’ compensation incident, the hardest part is finding a way to re-enter the workforce. Finding work despite ongoing physical limitations and restrictions can be tricky. This is especially true for workers with minimal education or skills that can be transferred to other jobs. For a workers’ compensation victim, not […]

    Small Businesses and Workers’ Compensation

    Did you get injured or sick while working for a small mom-and-pop shop? Good news – you don’t have to work at a Fortune 500 company to get North Carolina workers’ compensation benefits. Most small businesses are covered, too. If you were injured on the job, even while working for a small business, a workers’ compensation attorney can help you […]

    What Are the Risks to Food Industry Workers?

    When we think of dangerous jobs, we think of roofers, heavy machine operators, and firefighters, right? But what about folks working in regular jobs, such as those in the food industry? Unfortunately, the food industry in North Carolina is rampant with both occupational diseases and injuries by accident. It is important for these workers to know the risks and remember […]

    What is a Workers’ Comp Hearing?

    In an ideal world, every sick or injured worker in North Carolina would be treated fairly and paid appropriately. Sadly, many workers end up receiving significantly less medical treatment and benefits than they deserve. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Ricci Law Firm often witness unfair treatment of workers. If peaceful negotiations are unsuccessful, they may request a hearing to resolve […]

    April Showers Bring May Flowers… for Workers’ Comp Claims

    How is a workers’ comp claim like April in North Carolina? Pollen, rain, pollen, rain, pollen, rain…then finally…the first daffodil! April in Eastern North Carolina inevitably involves many rainy days, lots of itchy eyes, plenty of sneezing, and tons of patience. The key to getting through it? Knowing that first bloom is just around the corner. Many workers’ compensation patients […]

    Am I Injured? Top 5 Conditions with Delayed Onset

    Sometimes, even minor events can cause huge problems. North Carolina workers often fail to report workers’ compensation claims because they initially think they were not seriously injured, or they hope their pain would improve over time. Here are the top five work-related medical conditions with delayed symptoms: 1. Back Pain Many workers injured at work while lifting, bending, or stooping […]

    Are You Getting Short-Changed on Your Workers’ Comp Checks?

    If you are injured on the job in North Carolina and your injury or disease causes a temporary or permanent disability, you are entitled to receive weekly disability benefit checks. As part of those legal rights, you are also entitled to a weekly check that is calculated correctly. Yes, we said “correctly.” Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation insurance adjusters crunch numbers […]

    Victim of a Crime at Work? Consider Workers’ Comp.

    Think you are safe at work? Unfortunately, even here in rural Eastern North Carolina, workplaces often present danger. Violent crimes such as armed robberies, assaults, kidnappings, and even sexual attacks now regularly occur in stores, restaurants, hospitals, offices, and factories. Just in the past week in Eastern North Carolina, innocent employees were involved in the following crimes at their workplace: […]

    How Long Will My Personal Injury Settlement Take?

    Being injured because of your employer’s actions or lack thereof can be a stressful time for you. You are out of work because of your injury and cannot pay your bills in a timely manner. You have to watch them pile up with no way to get a strong handle on paying them all. While all this is happening, your […]