Our workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated exclusively to the representation of employers and their insurers. We handle claims at every stage, including administrative motions, Form 24 hearings, mediations, and full evidentiary hearings. We also handle appeals before the Industrial Commission, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

In addition to managing your workers’ compensation claims, we:

  • Protect subrogation interests in third party claims
  • Defend Woodson and wrongful discharge lawsuits
  • Implement proactive hiring measures to prepare for possible defenses to workers’ compensation claims, including misrepresentation
  • Work with our Employment Law Practice Group to coordinate defenses of employment law claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and discrimination

We understand you have a large volume of claims to manage at any given time. That’s why we’re responsive to your needs and get you the information you need, exactly when you need it.

Stay current on workers’ comp issues

We’ll keep you advised of changes in the law through monthly emailsas well as seminars and continuing education programs. Our CSH Annual Seminar, held every November in Raleigh, provides North Carolina adjusters with six hours of continuing education credit at no cost. Our attorneys can also travel to your office to conduct continuing education seminars.

Contact an attorney about workers’ compensation

Our offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Wilmington allow the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group to cost-effectively represent clients statewide. For more information, contact:

Raleigh: Taylor Pace

Charlotte: Andy Avram

Wilmington: Brian Kromke


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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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Marilyn Bartlett Joins CSH Law Raleigh Office

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Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Marilyn Bartlett has joined the firm as a paralegal based in its Raleigh office. She will be assisting the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group.… Read More

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Katelyn Babson Plans AWWC Event

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Katelyn Babson, an attorney based in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, recently planned and implemented the inaugural event for the Triangle Chapter of the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation(AWWC).… Read More

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Katelyn Babson Appointed AWWC Ambassador

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Katelyn Babson, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently nominated to serve as the Ambassador for the Triangle Chapter of the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation (AWWC).  She was appointed to the position in April 2018. … Read More

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Jerri Simmons To Serve as Vice Chair of NCADA Committee

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Jerri Simmons, an attorney in the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently elected Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee for the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA). Jerri’s one-year term began in June 2017.… Read More

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Matt Covington Featured in NC Lawyers Weekly

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Matt Covington, an attorney in the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently featured in the NC Lawyers Weekly article “Legislators move swiftly to override workers’ comp ruling.” Matt discusses a recent law that affects workers’ compensation in North Carolina and how the law will impact a recent state Supreme Court decision.… 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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Roy Pettigrew to Speak at NC Industrial Commission Conference

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Roy Pettigrew, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, will speak at the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s 21st Annual Education Conference on Oct. 5. His presentation is entitled “Workers’ Compensation Subrogation: A Practitioner’s Viewpoint of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-10.2.”… Read More

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CSH Law Adds Paralegals to Raleigh Office

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Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Emily Enojado and Millie Wooten have joined the firm as paralegals based in its Raleigh office. Emily and Millie will support the firm’s Worker’s Compensation Practice Group.… Read More

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CSH Law Adds Paralegals to Charlotte Office

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Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Denise Bledsoe, Leah Bumgardner, Naomi Howie and Abney Hudnall have joined Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP as paralegals based in the firm’s Charlotte office. … Read More

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Greer Vanderberry Becomes Certified Mediator

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J. Greer Vanderberry, Jr., an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, recently completed training for Mediator Certification. Greer is now classified as a Certified Mediator with the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.… Read More

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CSH Law to Host CE By the Sea

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On May 20, the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) will host CE By the Sea. The half-day seminar will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the CSH Law office in Wilmington. Complimentary CE Credit is available for Workers’ Comp Adjusters (3 hours) and Human Resources Professionals (3 hours – pending).… 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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Mike Ricci Obtained Favorable Form 24 Decision for Termination of Plaintiff’s TTD

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Mike Ricci obtained a favorable Form 24 Decision from the Commission. Defendants Form 24 sought termination of plaintiff’s TTD based on plaintiff’s release to return to work full duty. In addition, defendants cited plaintiff’s refusal to return to work with the employer, despite plaintiff’s contention he was unable to find suitable employment. The Industrial Commission approved the Form 24 and held that defendants were entitled to immediately terminate TTD, and awarded a credit for overpaid TTD.… Read More

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Mike Ricci Obtained Favorable Form 24 Decision from Commission

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Mike Ricci obtained a favorable Form 24 Decision from the Commission. Defendants Form 24 sought termination of plaintiff’s TTD on multiple grounds, including that plaintiff had been released to return to work full duty, and that plaintiff had refused suitable employment offered by the employer. The Industrial Commission approved the Form 24 and ruled defendants were entitled to terminate TTD and awarded a credit for overpaid TTD.… Read More

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Mike Ricci Obtained Favorable Opinion in AWW Dispute

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Mike Ricci obtained a favorable Opinion and Award from the Full Commission regarding an average weekly wage (AWW) dispute. Defendant-Insurer had filed a Form 60 accepting plaintiff’s claim and stipulating to an AWW based on initial reports of plaintiff’s wages, if he had been employed on a full time basis. However, subsequent investigation revealed plaintiff only picked up shifts as necessary, and was not a full time employee. The Full Commission found and concluded that plaintiff’s testimony regarding his employment history, earnings and jobs performed was not credible. Instead, the Commission agreed with defendants’ calculation of the AWW based on the employer’s testimony and the limited corresponding documentation. As a result, plaintiff’s AWW was amended and his TTD benefits were reduced from $306.27 to $30.00 per week.

Of note, as a result of prior litigation of this matter the Industrial Commission denied plaintiff’s claim for total knee replacement, and further held that plaintiff current condition and need for treatment were unrelated to the compensable injury. Therefore, defendants were not responsible for any ongoing medical treatment in connection with plaintiff’s compensable injuries.… Read More

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Mike Ricci Obtains Favorable Opinion in Trip & Fall Case

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Mike Ricci obtained a favorable Opinion and Award from the Industrial Commission in a claim where plaintiff sustained neck and arm injuries as a result of a trip and fall down a stairwell of the employer’s building. Defendants denied plaintiff’s claim on the basis that plaintiff’s injury did not arise out of or in the course of her employment as it occurred while plaintiff was leaving work for the day on a premises that was not owned, maintained or controlled by defendant-employer. The Industrial Commission agreed and plaintiff’s claim for benefits was denied. … 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

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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

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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 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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Robin Terry Persuaded Industrial Commission to Deny Claim

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Robin Terry persuaded the Industrial Commission to deny a claim for injury-related benefits notwithstanding that there were unusual conditions in the work place on the date of the alleged injury which required Plaintiff to perform his job in a different manner.… Read More

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Robin Terry Obtained Favorable Opinion & Award from NCIC

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Robin Terry obtained a favorable Opinion and Award from the Industrial Commission in a claim wherein an Plaintiff alleged a supervisor had run over his foot with a piece of machinery. Although there were objective signs of an injury, Defendants successfully argued said conditions were not the result of an 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

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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

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CSH Law Attorneys to Speak at NCPRIMA Conference

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Two attorneys in the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP will be featured speakers at the 2015 North Carolina Public Risk Management Association (NCPRIMA) Educational Conference. Robin Hayes Terry will speak on a panel entitled “Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims: Before, During and After.” Brian Kromke will speak about “Social Media-Investigating & Defending Claims.”… Read More