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Imagine working for decades for a North Carolina company. You work overtime every time you are asked, and you don’t miss work. Even when you hurt your back at work, you keep working a hard job, for years. But when you fall again, and suffer a new injury to your back, your company decides that it won’t pay.  That is what happened to Jeff Laird, an electrician at International Paper. But Mr. Laird fought back. He asked Valerie Johnson and Drew Culler to file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and to help him get his …

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The most Dangerous Jobs in America: Are you at Risk?

No matter what you do for a living, there’s always a chance that you will be seriously injured on the job, perhaps even fatally. Some occupations, however, present more risk than others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017, there were 5,147 fatal workplace injuries that year, which is one of the highest totals in the decade.  According to the BLS report, these are the seven most dangerous jobs in America today. 1. Commercial Fishing In 2017, the fatal injury rate was 100 per 100,000 workers, making …

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Valerie Johnson Wins Ebbie Award

Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC congratulates Valerie Johnson for being selected by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as a recipient of the 2019 Ebbie Award. The award is named after Ebbie Bailey, who helped her husband establish the North Carolina Advocates for Justice more than 50 years ago. NCAJ created the award in 2003 in Ebbie Bailey’s  honor to “recognize service and inspired commitment to NCAJ and its mission.” This year, Valerie was recognized for her strong advocacy for justice, particularly for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. She …

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Settlement Agreements in NC Workers’ Comp Cases

In 2017 there were 183 fatal work injuries in North Carolina.  For every fatal workers’ compensation injury, there are many more that leave workers with permanent disabilities.  Some injured workers face long periods of time out of work. Others may have ongoing medical treatment needs. Many injured employees will have both.   If you’ve been injured at work, sooner or later you (or your lawyer) may get a call from the workers’ compensation adjuster, asking you if you’re ready to settle.  What does it mean when you settle a workers’ compensation claim? Should you settle your …

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On Friday, May 3, 2019, at 1:40 PM, the family of Raven Little was able to get justice for their tremendous loss in a Columbus County courtroom. Raven, their 16-year-old daughter, sister, and grandchild, was killed because an irresponsible boat owner failed to follow safety warnings that would have protected the minors on his boat from being poisoned. The Incident In June 2016, Raven and 10 other children and teenagers were spending the day on the defendant’s boat at Lake Waccamaw. The boat was used for wakeboarding and wake surfing, and the defendant boat owner …

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