Workers’ Comp is based on disability. Many injured workers know someone who was injured at work and got a “big” settlement. But getting a big settlement on a workers comp claim means that the injured worker suffered a terrible impact to his life and his ability to work. It means a serious injury and lost […]
Tip #5 – Injured Workers who can work must return to work or look for work
If you make a claim about a work injury and you can work, you must work. If you don’t have work to do at your current job, you must look for work. This rule is confusing for injured workers. They often ask, “Why do I have to look for work?” “What kind of work do […]
Tip #4 – Understand What A Workers Compensation Doctor Does
Workers’ Compensation Doctors and medical personnel keep a record of everything they observe Practicing medicine is hard. In addition to figuring out how best to treat a medical condition, the workers compensation doctor has to follow regulations, bill, and insurance companies keep detailed records. Understanding that doctors and medical personnel are writing down everything that […]
Johnson & Groninger celebrates 10 year anniversary!
Johnson & Groninger celebrates our 10 year anniversary this month! This milestone would not have been possible without YOU, our clients. We want to say a big THANK YOU to our past and present clients for trusting us to help you navigate your case, and everyone who has supported us throughout these 10 years. We […]
Johnson & Groninger Reports a Client Win in Workers Compensation Appeal
William Smith won his workers compensation appeal against his employer, a paper mill in Roanoke Rapids, in October 2020. Mr. Smith has been unable to work because of injuries he sustained to his hand and arm while performing his job. But the road to victory did not stop after his win. The defendant, Kapstone (now called […]
TIP #3-Get Medical Treatment Right Away From the Approved Medical Provider
The insurance company picks the medical provider. The injured worker can request a change in treatment. When you need a doctor, of course you choose to go to the one you know and trust. But when you have a workers’ comp claim and the insurance company is paying for your medical treatment that is not […]
What is Workers’ Memorial Day?
Today is the 25th Anniversary of Workers Memorial Day. On Workers’ Memorial Day we remember the workers who lost their lives on the job. OSHA describes Workers’ Memorial Day as “a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit […]
TIP #2-Understand What “Injury By Accident” Means
An injury by accident is an unusual event that interrupts normal work. The word accident is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance.” That definition makes sense: you don’t have an accident unless something out of the ordinary happens. When you apply that definition to workers’ comp in North […]
TIP #1-Report Injuries at work in writing as soon as possible
If you don’t report your injury right away, it can lead to a very hard lesson. The first and most important lesson when handling workers’ compensation claims is to report injuries at work when they happen. If you don’t report it immediately, report it as soon as you can, and definitely within 30 days. The sooner […]
Can I be Fired if I am Injured on the Job?
William called with a painful situation: he was injured on the job. He fell at work and hurt his back, and his employer fired him once the doctor said he would need surgery. William had no money coming in and now he couldn’t work at all. He wanted answers right away. If you are injured […]