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Workers’ Compensation: An Exclusive Remedy?

For years, many employers have assumed that if an employee alleges that he or she was injured while working, recovery under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act was the Employee’s only remedy. This belief is grounded in the language of  § 97-10.1 of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, which states: If the employee and […]

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Hedrick Gardner Announces New Columbia Attorneys

South Carolina – March 4, 2019.  Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, a leading regional litigation and dispute management law firm, is pleased to announce that attorneys Alicia Clawson, John Rabb, and Marcy Lamar have joined the firm’s Columbia office. “Hedrick Gardner is fortunate to have these talented attorneys join our Columbia office” said firm […]

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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 2018 was $750. On November 15, 2018, CMS announced the […]

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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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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 hearings, 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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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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