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Hedrick Gardner Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina – August 15, 2018. Hedrick Gardner is pleased to announce that fifteen attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an […]

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Josh Shaw Named to 2018 Legal Elite

Columbia, South Carolina – August 2, 2018  Hedrick Gardner is pleased to announce that Josh Shaw was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Columbia Business Monthly, 2018 Legal Elite in the construction practice group. Josh devotes the majority of his practice to the construction industry representing contractors, developers, design professionals, and construction […]

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Opioid Utilization Rules Enacted by Industrial Commission

On 5/1/18, the Rules for the Utilization of Opioids, Related Prescriptions, and Pain Management Treatment in Workers’ Compensation Claims (hereafter “Opioid Utilization Rules” or “Rules”) went into effect in connection with North Carolina Workers’ Compensation claims. The purpose of the Rules is to ensure that employees receive proper care, adequately contain medical costs, and facilitate timely and effective […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

On 5/16/2018, the Fiscal Year 2019 transportation bill advanced through the House funding subcommittee and was debated by the full committee on 7/19/2018. The bill would de-fund Electronic Logging Device (ELD) enforcement for livestock haulers through 9/30/2019. The current exemption for livestock haulers expires on 9/30/2018. On 5/23/2018, Representatives Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) introduced H.R. 5959, the […]

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South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission Increases Filing Fees to Fifty Dollars ($50.00)

On July 16, 2018, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission announced an increase in filing fees. Effective August 1, 2018, the filing fee for requests for hearing, settlements, and motions will increase from twenty-five dollars ($25) to fifty dollars ($50). Per the announcement, the funds raised by this increase will help support the development and […]

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Kadis featured in Workers Compensation Magazine

Hedrick Gardner attorney Jeff Kadis was featured in the summer issue of the Workers’ Compensation magazine answering questions on how to best control medical costs. Questions covered topics including opioid abuse, success stories turning around expensive medical claims, and tools to control medical costs. To read Jeff’s responses and the entire article, click here.   […]

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Hedrick Gardner Attorneys Featured in IADC Newsletter

Luke Sbarra, Josh Neighbors, and Tom Buckley are the featured authors in this month’s International Association of Defense Counsel Professional Liability Committee Newsletter. The articles discuss stipulating to liability in professional liability actions and a lawyers’ duty to inform a client of errors made in representation and can be read here.     Luke P. […]

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Determining When an Injury Caused by an Idiopathic Condition is Compensable

In the practice of workers’ compensation law, some of the most difficult claims to evaluate are those dealing with injuries sustained as a result of idiopathic conditions or conditions that arise spontaneously for which the specific cause is unknown. In the context of trucking, this situation usually arises when a driver suffers a heart attack, […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

On 4/1/18, the grace period ended for compliance with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. Drivers caught without ELDs are now subject to being placed out of service for 10 hours, receiving a civil fine, and having points added to their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program scores. If drivers are placed out of service in […]

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The North Carolina Industrial Commission Issues New Rules for the Utilization of Opioids Effective May 1, 2018

The North Carolina Industrial Commission’s new Rules for the Utilization of Opioids, Related Prescriptions, and Pain Management in Workers’ Compensation Claims became effective as of May 1, 2018. In order to assist all stakeholders in the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation system in understanding and implementing these Rules, the Commission published a Companion Guide, which contains additional guidelines established […]

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