NC General Assembly confirms appointments for workers’ comp panel

The North Carolina General Assembly has confirmed the appointments that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory made to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the agency which handles workers’ compensation issues.

The Senate gave unanimous approval on Thursday, June 16 to Bill Daughtridge, a former member of North Carolina’s House of Representatives and McCrory’s secretary of administration, and Linda Cheatham, who was given another term to serve. The House has already approved their appointments. On Thursday, the House also confirmed the appointment of former Rep. Fred Steen to North Carolina’s unemployment benefits appeals panel, but his appointment is still lacking Senate approval. Steen is currently serving as McCrory’s chief legislative lobbyist.

The attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC handle workers’ compensation cases for our clients in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina. We have the legal resources and technical skills to serve our clients aggressively and effectively. Call our offices at (919) 851-3311 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team today.

Study shows opioids prescribed in workers’ compensation claims dropping

A new study from the non-profit research organization Workers’ Compensation Research Institute shows “noticeable decreases” in the amount of opioids being prescribed per workers’ compensation claim. The study evaluated 25 states between March 2012 and March 2014.

The reductions ranged from 20% to 31% in the states of Massachusetts, Texas, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. Other findings of the study showed that 65% to 80% of injured workers who filed for nonsurgical claims and could not report to work for at least seven days received opioids. The states with the highest amount of opioids received were in New York, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. The simultaneous use of opioids and benzodiazepines was seen in 1% to 9% of wounded employees. Use of both opioids and muscle relaxants comprised 30% to 45% of claims.

The attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC, provide legal services for injured workers in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina. We can help you receive your workers’ compensation benefits and pay for treatment with your workers’ compensation claim. Call our offices at (919) 851-3311 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.