Four years ago, my spouse had to make a choice: continue in the teaching profession (as she had been doing for 10+ years) or…..provide for her family and kids the way that she wanted to. At the time the General Assembly was reducing its funding to public schools. She hadn’t had a raise in 10…

Will my weekly check change if I start my own business? “Weekly checks” the are benefits an injured worker receives when they are injured on the job.  The weekly checks, legally known as temporary total benefits or temporary partial benefits, are provided to injured workers’ pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 97-29 or 30.  The checks should be 2/3 of…

Advocating for Workers’ Rights “At the present time, thousands of jobs a week are disappearing in the wake of automation and other production efficiency techniques. Black and white, we will all be harmed unless something grand and imaginative is done. The unemployed, poverty-stricken white man must be made to realize that he is in the…

Resolution for 2018! Here’s to 2018, and a thanks to 2017…. In 2017, Brian Elston Law concluded a very heavily litigated case.  The workers’ compensation case reached the North Carolina Court of Appeals all the way from the deputy commissioner level.  During the legal battle, the client stenciled the above, which is a rendering of…

BURN INJURIES AT A RESTAURANT Work- related burns are one of the primary causes of occupational injuries in the restaurant industry. Burn injuries occur frequently everyday than most restaurant owners care to admit. Working in the restaurant industry comes with the inherent dangers of burns, not only are restaurant workers prone to accidents like this,…

What is a good settlement offer? It is very common for victims of a personal injury caused by other individual’s fault to get a settlement offer before going to court. In fact, around 95% of personal injury cases are settled before court trial. (1) It turns out that there is more than one good reason…

Steps you should take if you are injured at work As the utilization of machinery is increasing in the workplace environment so is the risk of injury. Many organizations are working to make the industry safe to avoid the accidents. They are creating a protected working environment as well as compensations plans in case of…

Brian Elston Law is pleased to share a decision in favor of his client at the Full Commission. In reversing the deputy commissioner, the Full Commission found the Employee credible and that he was in fact injured on the job.  A snippet of the decision is below. If the insurance carrier has denied your workers’…

Student safety at school should be a priority for both the parents and school administers.  In fact, North Carolina case law states “the foremost priority of a school principal is undoubtedly student safety.”   In re J.D.R., 206 N.C. App. 761, 699 S.E.2d 139 (2010).  In order to accomplish student safety, a school system should perform…

You’ve been injured at work and you want to know: Is my injury covered under workers’ comp? You were injured at work.  Your Employer is responsible, right?  Your injury should be covered under workers’ comp.  Well, maybe.  The answer depends on exactly how you were injured. Injury by accident North Carolina law defines what type of…

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