William Smith is a long-time employee of a paper mill in Roanoke Rapids, NC. His job required him to knock hard deposits off of a hot furnace with a long rod. The steel rod often hit the side of the furnace door. The blows from the rod sent shock waves up Mr. Smith’s arm. After many years on the job, Mr. Smith’s hand was weakened and he required surgery on his elbow.
Mr. Smith asked Valerie Johnson and Drew Culler to represent him in his workers’ compensation case. We went to the paper mill with Mr. Smith and observed another employee doing the job that injured Mr. Smith. We asked a specialist who is trained to look at job tasks to evaluate the job. We went to a hearing in Farmville where the company agreed with the way that Mr. Smith described his harmful job duties.