Daniel C. Pope, Jr. will be speaking on February 5, 2021, for the course “COVID, COVID, Go Away, Workers’ Comp. Is Here to Stay” (2021 Workers’ Compensation Winter Program). Should you Become a Workers’ Compensation Specialist? Mr. Pope will analyze what it means to be a certified workers’ compensation specialist and why you may want to become a specialist. Determine if you’re eligible to become a certified specialist, what steps to take — including the specialization exam — and the timeline for becoming a specialist in 2021.
Frances M. Clement successfully defended an appeal brought by an employee to the Court of Appeals requesting full compensability after the Full Commission conducted a hearing and wholly denied Plaintiff’s claim on credibility grounds. The Court of Appeals affirmed the Full Commission’s opinion and award, denying Plaintiff compensation.
Kristine L. Prati successfully defended an appeal brought by the employee to the Full Commission requesting reinstatement of indemnity benefits. In the Opinion and Award filed on August 15, 2016, the Full Commission agreed with the prior ruling of the Deputy Commissioner and refused to award ongoing temporary total disability benefits as the employee failed to prove that he was disabled.
On February 12, 2016, Kristine L. Prati was recertified by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.
Kristine L. Prati has successfully defended a case before the Industrial Commission. At issue was whether the employee was entitled to medical and indemnity benefits as a result of an occupational disease she allegedly sustained at one of her last three employers. On July 17, 2015, the deputy commissioner filed an Opinion and Award, determining that the employee is disabled as a result of her current medical condition; however, her medical condition was not caused by her employment with any of the named employers.
Wilson Ratledge is excited to join the North Carolina Public Risk Management Association as of August 27, 2015. Attorneys Kristine L. Prati and Brian C. Tarr from our workers’ compensation section will be in attendance at the September 2015 PRIMA conference.