We highly encourage you to read this recent article written by an impartial Duke University PhD student and published in the Raleigh News & Observer. People are taking notice of the political, legislative changes being made in Raleigh that are negatively impacting working-class families. As Eladio Bobadilla notes in his article, the NC legislature has taken a “wrecking ball” to the judicial systems designed and maintained by generations of Republicans and Democrats. Most recently, the legislature is passing legislation to allow it to fire all of the 22 career deputy commissioners who have long-heard workers’ compensation cases and who have years of experience and expertise in workers’ compensation law. Changing the law to allow the deputy commissioners to be fired at will, politicizes the application of the Workers’ Compensation Act by causing the deputy commissioners to fear for their job instead of just being able to apply the law and facts to each case to reach the correct legal outcomes. The deputy commissioners now have reason to worry about how their decisions may affect their job. Wallace & Graham is working hard to keep politics out of the application of the Workers’ Compensation Act, and to maintain fairness for injured workers. If you are interested in supporting our mission, please contact our firm to see what you can do to help.
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