Cannizzaro v. Food Lion: The court affirmed the decision of the Industrial Commission, which found that the plaintiff’s accident caused his psychiatric conditions. The court concluded that, although not a physician, a psychologist specializing in neurological and cognitive psychology with significant experience with traumatic brain injuries was qualified to provide expert testimony. D’Aquisto v. Mission St. […]
Leggett v. AAA Cooper Transportation, Inc.: A workers’ compensation case can involve a separate personal injury case against a third party (not the employer) if the third party was responsible for the employee’s injury. When these personal injury cases are resolved, the provider of the workers’ compensation benefits may have a lien on part of the […]
Castaneda v. International Leg Wear Group: The Court affirmed in a per curiam opinion a decision by the Court of Appeals, which had upheld the granting of benefits to the plaintiff. Judge Tyson’s dissent, which had argued that the medical causation evidence was speculative, was rejected by the Court.
In Panos v. Timco Engine Center, the court considered the applicability of the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act (NCWHA) to an employee who works outside of North Carolina. Plaintiff had brought an action based on the company’s failure to pay severance as required by his employment contract. Although the company was based in North Carolina, […]
At the North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE, Workers’ Compensation: Maximizing Your Case, Valerie spoke on the topic of representing state employees. She presented a paper entitled “How to Manage a State Employee’s Workers’ Compensation Case.” Summary: North Carolina state employees have benefits available to them when they are entitled to workers’ compensation that must […]
At the North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE, Workers’ Compensation Roundtable, Valerie spoke on the topic of When an Injured Worker Commits Suicide. She presented a paper, co-authored with Jessica Leaven, entitled “Violent Death at Work.” Summary: Each year thousands of acts of violence occur in the workplace. It can occur at or outside the […]
Valerie Johnson spoke at the 2008 Annual Conference of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC), which was held in Seattle. Valerie’s talk was part of a session concerning health and safety for workers. She presented a paper, written with Narendra Ghosh, titled “How Can Unions Protect Injured Workers?” Summary: This paper discusses some common problems faced […]
Valerie Johnson spoke at the NCATL’s 2007 Workplace Torts and Workers Comp CLE, held in Chapel Hill. Valerie’s presentation topic and paper was “New Developments in the Interaction Between North Carolina State Employee Benefits and the Workers’ Compensation System.” Summary: Although the interaction between the state employee benefits system and the workers’ compensation system has some […]