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Workers' Compensation

Vernon Sumwalt on North Carolina Preapproval and Awards of Retroactive Attendant Care Services

In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Vernon Sumwalt says the delay in authorizing medical compensation is viral throughout the workers' compensation system. Sumwalt analyzes the recent case of Boylan v. Verizon Wireless, in which the North Carolina appellate court held (again) that the Industrial Commission's preapproval of attendant care services is not necessary before employers and carriers are liable for retroactive periods of these services.

 According to Sumwalt, the holding in Boylan is nothing new, although it perhaps illustrates the source behind the delays in the provision of medical compensation under the Act. Sumwalt goes on to analyze the cases cited by the Boylan court.

(Total length of article: 6pp.)

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