Martin & Jones, PLLC
Call today for a Free consultation.

House Bill 709: A Radical Attack on Injured Workers in North Carolina

Big business and insurance company lobbyists have pressured some of our legislators to file a bill, House Bill 709, that is a radical attack on the rights of injured workers. The bill has many objectionable provisions, but here are some of the worst:

  1. With few exceptions, the bill limits both wage-loss and medical benefits to 500 weeks. Imagine a 25 year-old man who loses a leg and cannot work. Under this bill, not only his wage-loss benefits but also his medical benefits will stop forever before he reaches age 35. What happens then? He turns to the government for support and becomes a charge of the taxpayer.
  2. The bill takes away the injured worker's right to medical privacy. Imagine the insurance company’s lawyer secretly picking up the phone and talking to your doctor about your treatment. Under this bill, the insurance company and its lawyer can talk to the injured worker's doctor at any time without asking the worker's permission or even notifying him before the call.
  3. The bill limits the injured worker’s right to introduce medical evidence at a hearing. The bill orders the judges at the Industrial Commission to completely disregard the opinions of any doctor who was not chosen by the insurance company. This bill completely strips the injured worker of his right to see a doctor for a second opinion about his treatment. The result is that the insurance company's doctor will have complete control of the injured worker's care.
  4. The bill further limits the worker’s already-limited rights to select his or her own physician. Under this bill, the injured worker has almost no right to change to a doctor he or she trusts. Again, the insurance company and the doctor it selects have complete control over the worker's medical care.

One effect of this bill will be to push injured workers onto government programs such as Social Security Disability, Medicare, and Medicaid. In other words, rather than providing benefits for injured workers through private insurance, your tax dollars will be used instead! As a result, the costs of paying benefits would be shifted from wealthy corporations and insurance companies to taxpayers like you, all during a time when government resources are scarce.

If you have been on workers’ compensation before, you know what a struggle it can be to pay your bills on only two-thirds of your wages. Imagine if your benefits were terminated completely when you were still unable to work. If you have been on workers' compensation before, you know how frustrating it can be to get quality medical care. Imagine the insurance company having even more control over your treatment.

PLEASE ACT NOW! CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS IN THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE AND TELL THEM THAT YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL.

If you want more information or need the contact information of your legislator, please call MARTIN & JONES at 919-821-0005. We'll be happy to assist you in protecting the rights of North Carolina workers!

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Martin & Jones Reviews

  • "I just wanted you to know how much my family and I appreciate the work that you (Mike Riley) and everyone at Martin & Jones have done for us over the years. The initial settlements helped Mom and Dad live comfortably during his illness and afforded him the care that he needed. Since his passing nine years ago, your continued efforts on our behalf have been nothing short of a blessing. Mom, who will be 92 in September, has many medical issues but is still very sharp mentally, and enjoys being able to live at home. I just want you and everyone at Martin & Jones to know how grateful we are."

    Fred G., whose father had mesothelioma
  • "Thank you for everything that you have done for us. We are fortunate to know you. We appreciate all of the hard work, long hours and care that was shown to us before and during the trial. Without your help and representing us, we would not be as blessed as we are now. All of you are very special to us. We know that you have the best and attorneys and staff there is."

    Hazel P.
  • "Thank you for your concern of my well-being every time I spoke with you. It always meant so much. I hear nothing but awful stories of dealing with attorneys and their offices, but I have had nothing but positive experience. You have many special ways of working with people in need of help. Words can never express the way your support has been so helpful. I pray you will continue to help others. I wish you all the best."

    Mary C
  • "Forest, once again, my family and I thank you for obtaining another settlement on behalf of my Father. It's almost uncanny that these checks seem to come at very opportune times. This one comes as we are expecting our fourth grandchild. It will provide her some sound footing towards her future college education, plus help Mom and Dad with the medical expenses. Sometimes, I think my Dad is helping you guys with this. Maybe so. Anyway, thank you again for your hard work."

    Mike G.
  • "I appreciate all you're doing and trying to do for me. I don't think I've ever talked to a nicer attorney than Mike, and his assistant (certified paralegal Marjorie Kartanson). You're real nice people. It really makes you feel better, even with all the problems I have."

    Larry A.
  • "Thank you for the work you have done for Carl and our family. We so much appreciate your sincere professionalism and kindness you showed us. I know Carl is smiling right now and the Lord has blessed us through you. May God bless you."

    Connie M. whose husband Carl worked as a brakeman for CSX Transportation and died of mesothelioma
  • "Thank you for always making me feel welcome and at ease in your office. I respect the work you do and your enthusiasm for it and am grateful for your talents."

    Tracy M.
  • "I would like to leave a testimonial thanking Steven and Allison for their care and understanding. Steven's pursuit and success in getting some compensation for our loss. A final closure of our loss of brother Mike. Thanks to Martin & Jones for looking after Mike's care since his injury in 2005. You have been there for Mike and his family for a long time. Mike passed in 2016 and you stood for the family up to the present (July 2017). Many thanks."

    Dan I.
  • "We would like to express our gratitude to you (Hunt Willis) for accepting our case. First of all, when I called this law firm, a very sweet and kind lady answered the telephone and gave me assurance by asking and going over the accident with me, while my husband was in the hospital. I felt assured I was doing the right thing for us. She was so helpful in so many ways. What a professional lady. Secondly, we are much pleased that you have settled this case with the insurance company to receive the proper amount to assist us in so many ways. My husband and I are very happy with you and the firm in handling our case. You made us have confidence in your professional and integrity along with your assistant Ms. Routh, when you both came to see us in our home, in which we saw your compassion and thoughtfulness at that time. We will never forget what you have done for us, and we thank the lord for directing me to contact this firm. I’m glad I did."

    Linda.

"Thank you for your concern of my well-being every time I spoke with you. It always meant so much. I hear nothing but awful stories of dealing with attorneys and their offices, but I have had nothing but positive experience. You have many special ways of working with people in need of help. Words can never express the way your support has been so helpful. I pray you will continue to help others. I wish you all the best."

Mary C
View More Reviews
Contact US Get Help Now

Send us an email or call us today at 800-662-1234 to speak with an attorney about your claim or to arrange a free consultation. It costs nothing to call and there is no obligation. In fact, we are not paid until your case is resolved. Se habla español. If you are unable to travel to one of our offices in Raleigh, Durham and Wilmington, we will meet with you at your location.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Raleigh Office
410 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27603

Toll Free: 800-662-1234
Phone: 919-821-0005
Raleigh Law Office Map

Wilmington Office
1213 Culbreth Drive
Suite 121
Wilmington, NC 28405

Toll Free: 800-662-1234
Phone: 910-256-4005
Wilmington Law Office Map

Durham Office
302 East Pettigrew Street
Suite 330
Durham, NC 27701

Toll Free: 800-662-1234
Phone: 919-544-3000
Durham Law Office Map