Hank Patterson receives the 2014 Sarah H. Davis Excellence Award

On March 14, the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization presented Hank Patterson with the 2014 Sarah H. Davis Excellence Award.  Hank has been a board certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law since 2000, when he served on the committee that established the specialization. The Sarah H. Davis Excellence Award is given annually

Hank Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from WILG

On October 7, Hank Patterson received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group.  Hank received the award at the organization’s annual convention in West Palm Beach, Florida, in recognition of his more than 35 years of tireless advocacy for workers’ rights and workplace safety. Hank has long been active

Court of Appeals Rejects REDA Claim by Pro Se Plaintiff

In Fatta v M & M Properties Management, Inc. the North Carolina Court of Appeals heard an appeal by a pro se plaintiff of the trial court’s granting of summary judgement.  Plaintiff worked for the company in one of their hotels as a property manager.  During Plaintiff’s training, he was injured while cleaning a room.  He

Rawls Prevails in Court of Appeals in Workers’ Compensation Case

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of one of the firm’s clients in an appeal brought by the defendants.  In Rawls v. Yellow Roadway Corporation, the Full Commission awarded Veran Rawls ongoing total disability compensation since his 2005 truck accident.  Defendants argued that the Full Commission had erred in several findings of fact,

Appeals Court Decides Two Workers’ Comp Cases

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently published decisions in the following cases: In Coffey v Weyerhaeuser Co., the Court,based on N.C.G.S. 97-38 in the Workers’ Compensation Act, was tasked with determining “whether [Barber's] death occurred within two years of the Commission’s final determination of disability.”  Dennis Barber, Sr.  was diagnosed with asbestosis in 1997 and laryngeal cancer in 1998;

NC COA Addresses Exception to Workers’ Comp Preemption

In Trivette v. Yount the defendant, a middle school principle, had a fire extinguisher removed from a classroom after a student had removed the safety pin and discharged the extinguisher.  The fire extinguisher was brought to the front office to avoid any further incident.  The following day the defendant placed the fire extinguisher on or

NC COA Decides Handful of Workers’ Comp Cases

Late last month, the North Carolina Court of Appeals published their opinions in the following workers’ compensation cases: Archie v. Kirk:  The plaintiff worked for Edward Kirk changing billboard advertisements.  Kirk provided necessary tools and protection gear to the plaintiff.  In 2006, on a larger job for which Kirk hired an additional two workers, the plaintiff was electrocuted and burnt

NC Court of Appeals’ Recent Workers’ Compensation Cases

The North Carolina Court of Appeals heard two workers’ compensation cases on appeal and decided them earlier this month. The first, Mehaffey v. Burger King involved a manager at Burger King who suffered a compensable knee injury while at work.  In the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Opinion and Award, the Plaintiff was awarded retroactive attendant care fees