What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

Have you heard your workers’ compensation adjuster mention vocational rehabilitation? Maybe your doctor mentioned the need for vocational rehabilitation following your work-related injury? What exactly are these people referring to? Vocational rehabilitation usually entails looking for new employment and/or retraining after having been separated from prior employment. These separations from employment can be caused by… Read more »


The Long Wait for a SSA Disability Hearing -Really?

FACT: THOUSANDS of American taxpayers die every year before they can even get a hearing with a judge on their disability claims. DISCUSSION: These people PAID FICA TAXES over their working career to be insured for retirement (and disability if their health deteriorated before retirement age). The Social Security Administration has already been chronically underfunded… Read more »


Spotlight: Workers Compensation Issues for Sonographers

Work-related medical problems do not always arise from accidents. Sometimes they arise gradually, over the course of months or years, as a result of the physical demands of particular jobs. These conditions are called “occupational diseases,” and in North Carolina, they are covered under our workers’ compensation laws. The sonography profession has a particularly high… Read more »


Has Someone Been Talking to My Doctor?

So you thought you had a good relationship with the treating physician in your workers’ compensation case – even though workers’ comp got to pick the doctor. At all previous visits, the doctor listened attentively, sympathized with your condition and genuinely seemed to care about your recovery. Then everything changed at the next visit. You… Read more »


Faces & Facts of Soc. Sec. Disability

See the Social Security Administration’s great site putting faces and facts with the disability program. Regular SS disability benefits and coverage are EARNED by the claimant by paying in taxes over a working career prior to disability. Like regular SSD benefits, SSI benefits also require proof of inability to do ANY competitive job, as well as proof… Read more »


What if I do not live in Raleigh? Can your firm still help with my case?

Yes! We can help. It is not necessary for you to live in the Raleigh area for us to represent you in a workers’ compensation and/or Social Security disability claim. In workers’ compensation cases, assuming NC has jurisdiction over your claim: injury occurred here, employer’s principal place of business is here, if the employee’s principal… Read more »


How Do You Measure An Attorneys’ Expertise?

There are many attorneys in North Carolina who represent people in workers’ compensation cases. How can you tell the attorneys apart? You should first ask if the attorney is a certified workers’ compensation specialist. The North Carolina State Bar, the government agency that licenses attorneys in North Carolina, certifies a select group of attorneys as… Read more »


What is good legal service in a Social Security case?

Let me first give you a real life example of what good legal service is not. I was walking into the Social Security hearing office the other day when I encountered a familiar scene.  Another attorney had arrived a moment earlier and was surveying the waiting room.  I went over to my client, which caused… Read more »


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