Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP

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5420 Wade Park Boulevard
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Raleigh, NC 27607, United States
Phone: (919) 828-5100
Fax: (919) 828-2277
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
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  • North Carolina
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Money Talks

Determining the Proper Average Weekly Wage Calculations to Use - This claim arose from an occupational shoulder injury claim made by a violist in December of 2013. The claim was accepted and the only contested issue was the…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Groundbreaking—IRS makes things complicated

Employers who adhere to certain IRS guidelines may face much lower indemnity payments for employees who traveled for work pre-injury - Myres v. Strom Aviation, Inc. (16-558) - In companies where employees regularly travel…more
 /  Business Organizations, Taxation

Industrial Commission No Longer to Allow Carriers to Directly File Motions and Responses (Form 24s, 23 Responses, etc.)

Meredith Henderson, the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Executive Secretary, has announced that beginning Monday, September 18, 2017, the Commission will no longer accept Motions or Motion Responses filed by adjusters. …more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Worker’s Compensation

Waiving Legal Arguments

In Bentley v. Jonathan Piner Construction, the N.C. Court of Appeals addressed when a legal issue would be deemed waived by a party. The Court also addressed whether an injured worker was an independent contractor or employee…more
 /  Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Average Weekly Wage – Fair and Just?

The Ball v. Bayada Home Health Center, __ N.C. App. ___, (2017), decision is a good reminder that N.C.G.S. § 97-2(5) provides five different methods to calculate average weekly wage, depending on the facts and circumstances of…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Total Eclipse of Comp

Examining An Injury Resulting from an Eclipse Under North Carolina Law - On August 21, 2017, many of us in North Carolina looked up at the sun to view the rare phenomenon of a total or near total eclipse. In most instances,…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation

State Legislature and Governor Work Quickly to Overturn Wilkes

On July 20, 2017, Governor Cooper signed into law House Bill 26. The Bill, which passed unanimously in the State Legislature, addressed and reversed portions of the recent Supreme Court decision, Wilkes v. City of Greenville…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Time Bars for Medical Compensation and Evidence Bars for Indemnity Benefits

Capen Trucer Carl Anders, II v. Universal Leaf North America - In Capen Trucer Carl Anders, II v. Universal Leaf North America, No. COA 16-910, the Plaintiff appealed an Industrial Commission decision denying his claim for…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Determines the Burden of Causation is on Employers and Carriers in Compensable Claims

In Wilkes v. City of Greenville, __ S.E.2d __, (2017) the North Carolina Supreme agreed with the Court of Appeal’s determination that when compensability is admitted an injured worker is entitled to a presumption that future…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

Power to Calculate A Lien: What Court Has Jurisdiction to Determine a Subrogation Lien?

In Murray v. Moody, 797 S.E.2d 365 (N.C. Ct. App. 2017), a Wilson County Superior Court entered an “Amended Final Judgment” expressly provided judgment for a lien on damages that a jury awarded in a civil suit in favor of the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

When Just Showing Up is Enough: A Plaintiff’s Reasonable Effort to Find Employment

Snyder v. Goodyear - The Snyder decision is guided by Russell v. Lowe’s, 108 N.C. App. 762 (1993), which provides methods to establish a plaintiff is incapable of earning the same wages he had earned before his injury. The…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Doctors Determine Parsons: Failure to Overcome the Parsons Presumption

Bell v. Goodyear - The Bell decision is guided by the Parsons presumption, (Parsons v. The Pantry, Inc., 485 S.E.2d 867 (1997)) which holds that when additional medical treatment for a compensable injury is required, a…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Passing “Brunch Bills” to Repeal Blue Laws

A trend sweeping the nation, and perhaps, North Carolina? By statute, North Carolina allows on-premises alcohol sales statewide from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. every day, except Sundays, when alcohol service cannot begin until…more
 /  Elections & Politics

All About the Experts: Rebutting the Parsons Presumption

The Thornton decision is guided by the Parsons presumption, which holds that when additional medical treatment for a compensable injury is required, a rebuttable presumption arises in favor of the claimant that the treatment is…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Fourth Circuit Articulates New Standard for “Joint Employers”

Until recently, there has been inconsistency as to what constitutes a “joint employer” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, “joint employment” exists when “employment by one employer is not completely…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law
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