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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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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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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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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Maintains $750 Reporting Threshold

The SMART Act requires CMS to annually review the costs associated with the collection of Medicare conditional payments and set forth a threshold amount applicable to settlements, judgments, awards or other payments (TPOC amount) for which it would not seek recovery. The threshold amount for 2017 was $750. On November 3, 2017, CMS announced the […]

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SC Court of Appeals Affirms Rescission of Workers’ Compensation Policy Procured by Fraud

The South Carolina Court of appeals recently affirmed a decision by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission that allowed an insurance carrier to rescind a workers’ compensation policy of insurance that was fraudulently obtained with the intent of covering an injury that occurred earlier the same day but was not disclosed by the employers. In […]

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New Taxpayer ID & Mailing Address for the North Carolina Industrial Commission

New Taxpayer ID & Mailing Address for the North Carolina Industrial Commission New Taxpayer Identification Number Effective November 1, the NCIC’s Taxpayer Identification Number will be 56-1401519. Please make any checks to the Industrial Commission payable to Department of Insurance-Industrial Commission. New U.S. Mail Address Changes to NCIC Effective November 1, the NCIC’s Mail Service Center […]

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A Defendant’s Answer to Reptile Litigation

In today’s world of litigation strategy and tactics have evolved into more than putting your evidence on at trial and making good arguments on behalf of your clients to achieve the desired outcomes.  Occasionally, lawyers may retain jury consultants to help pick a jury that may be best suited to hear a particular case, but […]

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Reigning in the Parsons Presumption, Part II

In the Summer, 2016 Edition of this Publication, we addressed certain recent developments with regard to the “Parsons presumption.”  Since that time, a decision by the North Carolina Supreme Court and subsequent action taken by the General Assembly of North Carolina has further clarified the extent to which the “Parsons presumption” will be applied. By […]

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North Carolina Industrial Commission Makes Changes To Sanction Amounts

North Carolina Industrial Commission Changes Sanction Amount for Late Filing of Forms 60, 61, or 63 The North Carolina Industrial Commission has just announced that: Effective December 1, 2017, the following changes will go into effect for sanctions issued pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-18(j): The amount sanctioned upon Carriers/Employers for failing to file […]

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