Jennifer Morris Jones is a partner in the firm’s Raleigh office and is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group.  She is a North Carolina Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist.

Jennifer enjoys actively partnering with her clients to develop cost effective strategies to resolve workers’ compensation claims.  With her clients’ business interests in mind, Jennifer strives to achieve positive and reasonable resolutions to workers’ compensation disputes. To achieve those goals, Jennifer counsels clients on proactive measures they can take to be better suited when they need to defend a claim, as well as resolving claims through a strategic Motion practice, when appropriate.  Such Motions may include Form 24 Applications and Motions to Compel discovery responses, compliance with medical treatment and compliance with vocational rehabilitation.  Jennifer works with her clients to determine whether this potential money-saving strategy is applicable on a case-by-case basis.

Jennifer has experience in handling all aspects of the process from claims investigation, witness interviews, motions practice, mediations, hearings, appeals and medical depositions. Jennifer also has handled appeals from the Deputy Commissioner level to the Full Commission, as well from the Full Commission level to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

In 2018, Jennifer was appointed to the Advisory Board for the National Workers’ Compensation Review, presenting at the WCI Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.  In addition, through serving as a Steering Committee Member for the Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute, Jennifer serves as an instructor of the multistate portion of the WCI Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Jennifer is actively involved in DRI, and she serves as the Vice Chair of the DRI Workers’ Compensation Committee.  In addition, Jennifer also serves as a Vice Chair of the Women in the Law Technology Subcommittee for DRI, as well as the Workers’ Compensation Committee Liaison for the Women in the Law Committee for DRI.

She was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®  2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Workers’ Compensation – Employers, and for inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 North Carolina Rising Stars® lists for Workers’ Compensation.  She was also selected to The Best Lawyers In America® Business Edition 2016, 2017, and 2018 Women in the Law lists.

In 2015, Jennifer was chosen to join the Emerging Leaders program presented by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. She graduated as part of the 31st class of Leadership Raleigh presented by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer regularly speaks on the state and national stage for clients and at industry seminars.  Her recent speaking engagements:

  • WCI Conference, Orlando, FL, August 2018.
    • Jennifer moderated a panel discussion entitled “New Waves in Medical Treatment: Perspectives on Challenges and Out-Of-The-Box Approaches to Management of Opioids, Marijuana, and Telemedicine in Workers’ Compensation Claims.”
  • North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers Conference, Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2018.
    • Spoke on “How to Handle and Investigate Claims Involving Idiopathic Conditions” with Robin H. Terry.
  • CSH Law Fall Seminar, November 2017.
    • “How to Handle and Investigate Claims Involving Idiopathic Conditions” with Robin H. Terry.
  • CSH Law Fall Seminar, October 2016.
    • “Cost Containment: Tips and Tricks for Utilizing Social Media for Investigating and Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims.”
  • North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers Conference, Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2016.
    • Spoke on “Cutting Costs in Workers’ Comp: New Thoughts on an Old Nemesis.”
  • The inaugural DRI Workers’ Compensation Regional Seminar in Atlanta, G.A., September 2015.
    • Jennifer served on a panel discussion entitled “Compensability: We Really Aren’t All the Same!”  The panelists examined how a fact scenario regarding alleged work-related injuries would be treated differently in separate jurisdictions.
  • DRI Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., October 2015.
    • Jennifer served on a panel discussion entitled “Settlement of Medicare Eligible Workers’ Compensation Claims: Pitfalls and Practice Pointers.”
  • CSH Law Fall Seminar, October 2014.
    • Spoke on “Cost Containment Strategy: Utilizing the Misrepresentation Defense (N.C.G.S. §97-12.1).”

Representative Matters

Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.

  • Successfully represented an employer and carrier to achieve a favorable Court of Appeals decision involving Statute of Limitations defenses, complex medical issues, causation and an alleged diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy(RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  Specifically, the Court of Appeals held the employee’s request for a second opinion evaluation on the permanent partial disability (PPD) rating more than two years after the last payment of medical expenses was time barred.  The Court of Appeals affirmed the Full Commission’s determination the employee failed to prove by the greater weight of the evidence that she had RSD/CRPS, let alone that the alleged work accident aggravated a pre-existing condition.
  • Successfully represented a self-insured employer to achieve a favorable Full Commission decision wherein the Full Commission determined the employee unjustifiably refused to return to suitable employment.  Specifically, the Full Commission determined the light-duty position was a real, non-modified position and was suitable based on the employee’s restrictions, wages, shift and opportunity for advancement.   The Full Commission determined the employee had not carried his burden of proving disability and was not entitled to any indemnity benefits.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

Jennifer regularly speaks on the following topics for clients and at industry seminars:

  • Successful Form 24 Applications;
  • Top Hiring Strategies;
  • Tips for Cost Effective Claim Management

Jennifer’s Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • CSH Law Fall Seminar, November 2017
    • “How to Handle and Investigate Claims Involving Idiopathic Conditions”
  • CSH Law Fall Seminar, October 2016
    • “Cost Containment: Tips and Tricks for Utilizing Social Media for Investigating and Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims”
  • 2016 North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers Conference, Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2016
    • Spoke on “Cutting Costs in Workers’ Comp: New Thoughts on an Old Nemesis”
  • The inaugural DRI Workers’ Compensation Regional Seminar in Atlanta, G.A., September 2015
    • Jennifer served on a panel discussion entitled “Compensability: We Really Aren’t All the Same!”
      The panelists examined how a fact scenario regarding alleged work-related injuries would be
      treated differently in separate jurisdictions.
  • DRI Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., October 2015
    • Jennifer served on a panel discussion entitled “Settlement of Medicare Eligible Workers’
      Compensation Claims: Pitfalls and Practice Pointers.”
  • CSH Law Fall Seminar, October 2014
    • Spoke on “Cost Containment Strategy: Utilizing the Misrepresentation Defense (N.C.G.S. §97-12.1)”

Most Recent Posts

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Jennifer Morris Jones Participates in WCI Give Kids the World Service Day

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On Aug. 18, Jennifer Morris Jones joined attendees of the WCI 2018 conference for the 2018 WCI Give Kids the World Service Day.  Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides week-long, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.… Read More

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Jennifer Morris Jones to Moderate WCI 2018 Panel

On Aug. 21, Jennifer Morris Jones will moderate a panel discussion at the WCI 2018 Conference in Orlando. The one-hour panel discussion begins at 10 a.m. and will focus on “New Waves In Medical Treatment: Perspectives On Challenges And Out-Of-The Box Approaches To Management Of Opioids, Marijuana And Telemedicine In Workers’ Compensation Claims.”… Read More

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CSH Law Attorneys Recognized by Women in the Law List

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Seven female attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) were recently listed among the 2017 Women in the Law by Best Lawyers Business Edition. The list was printed in the Spring 2017 edition and recognizes female attorneys from each state.… Read More

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CSH Law Attorneys to Address Workers’ Compensation Conference

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Benton Toups and Jennifer Morris Jones will address the North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers conference in Wrightsville Beach. The conference entitled “Cutting Costs in Workers’ Comp: New Thoughts on an Old Nemesis” is scheduled for March 30-April 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort.… Read More

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Jennifer Morris Jones Obtained Favorable Opinion & Award in Rotator Cuff Tear Case

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Jennifer Morris Jones obtained a favorable Opinion and Award from the Full Commission in a claim wherein a Plaintiff alleged she sustained a rotator cuff tear in her shoulder when a heavy door allegedly made contact with her arm. The Full Commission found and concluded that based on Plaintiff’s varied accounts of how the alleged incident occurred and when pain began, along with the improbability that the door could have made contact with Plaintiff’s arm as she alleges as she walked through, the Plaintiff failed to prove that she sustained an injury by accident. … Read More

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Jennifer Morris Jones Obtained Opinion & Award in Accidental Knee Injury Case

Case Results for NC Law

Jennifer Morris Jones obtained a favorable Opinion and Award from the Industrial Commission in a claim wherein a Plaintiff alleged a knee injury by accident. Defendants denied the compensability of Plaintiff’s claim, and the Industrial Commission found and concluded that Plaintiff’s testimony regarding the mechanism and medical consequences of the alleged work place incident conflicted with the preponderance of the evidence, and Plaintiff’s claim for benefits was denied. … Read More

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Jennifer Morris Jones Obtained Favorable Opinion & Award in Osteoarthritis Claim

Case Results for NC Law

Jennifer Morris Jones obtained a favorable Opinion and Award from the Full Commission in a claim wherein a Plaintiff alleged she developed an aggravation of osteoarthritis in her knee and deep vein thrombosis. Defendants successfully argued said conditions were not the result of an alleged accident in the work place, and Plaintiff’s claim for benefits was denied. … Read More

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Jennifer Morris Jones Speaks at DRI Annual Meeting

Jennifer Morris Jones | Workers' Compensation Attorney Raleigh

Jennifer Morris Jones, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Settlement of Medicare Eligible Workers’ Compensation Claims: Pitfalls and Practice Pointers.” The panel discussion will be held tomorrow as part of the DRI Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.… Read More