Civil and criminal practice guides are astonishingly beneficial sources for both practicing attorneys and laypersons. Practice guides provide detailed information about specific areas of litigation, from annotations, to checklists, to fillable forms, to recent news about relevant legislation.
Workers Compensation is an area of litigation that has both cost effective and expensive (i.e. WestlawNext, Lexis Advance) electronic and print practice guides. With the intention of elaborating on a helpful resource for the newly formed law firm that needs to save on overhead costs, and the large firm that can afford a yearly subscription to WestlawNext, I will review North Carolina Workers’ Compensation: Law & Practice with Forms.
This practice guide gives in-depth coverage to every component of workers’ compensation. Substantive and procedural issues analyzed include the following subtopics in workers’ compensation law: jurisdiction, notice, definition/classifications of employer and employee, accidents arising out of employment, insurance, minors and incompetents, disability benefits, statute of limitations, medical expenses and treatment, and hearings and appeals before the Industrial Commission. For every issue and subtopic covered, the practice guide references the applicable North Carolina cases in the footnotes.
Additionally, the practice guide includes forms, pulled directly from the Industrial Commission and downloadable in PDF format, and a brief summary about the key forms. The appendix provides links to the following supplemental materials: 1) North Carolina Industrial Commission Rules, 2) guidelines for payment of fees to medical providers, and 3) ethics opinions. Workers’ compensation is a challenging area of law, but the “general summary” chapter and “interpretation of policies” chapter help to demystify such complex issues as insurance and hearings before the Industrial Committee.
A general table of contents, consisting of 33 chapters and appendices, and as many indices as there are subtopics help to navigate the practice guide. The print version of North Carolina Workers’ Compensation: Law & Practice with Forms is located in the “Reference: Carolinas” section at the Charlotte School of Law library; the call number (KFN7742 .J47) can be accessed via the library catalog with the following search string: north carolina workers compensation. To locate the practice guide on WestlawNext, drill down in accordance with the navigational steps below:
This practice guide is in an incredible resource and a one-stop-shop for attorneys practicing in workers’ compensation law. Unfortunately, the electronic version of the practice guide on WestlawNext is quite expensive. Thankfully, the continually updated print version at the CSL library provides a cost effective alternative.
~ Elizabeth Bowling, L’14 ~
Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.