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Workers' Compensation


Smith Moore Leatherwood has a highly experienced Workers' Compensation practice, representing employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators across the region.  In addition to direct representation of employers and carriers, our workers' compensation attorneys regularly oversee claims being handled by insurer-retained counsel.  As with other labor and employment–related issues, Smith Moore Leatherwood takes a proactive approach on claims management and cost containment issues.

Oversight Role

Our attorneys counsel employers who have questions regarding their workers' compensation claims, for both the purposes of advice on handling claims and providing second opinions regarding claim evaluation. We counsel clients and their safety and workers' compensation managers regarding how to manage workers' compensation claims in general, how to avoid claims, which claims should be denied, and how to establish procedures and prepare claims for successful defenses.

Our lawyers have a long history of handling appellate cases, which have been instrumental in defining standards for medical causation and expert witness testimony, and for cases addressing occupational disease causation and liability.


Drafting Amicus Curiae Briefs to the Appellate Courts in Significant Workers'
Compensation Cases

  • Lipe v. Starr Davis Company, Inc. ___ N.C. App___, ___S.E. 2d ___ (2014) (petition pending on behalf ofthe North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the North Carolina Chamber)
  • Pope v. Johns Manville, 207 N.C. App. 157, 700 S.E. 2d 22 (2010) (on behalf of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys)
  • Holley v. ACTS, Inc., 357 N.C. 228, 234, 581 S.E. 2d 750, 754 (2003) (on behalf of North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys)
  • Dixon v. City of Durham, 128 N. C App. 501, 495 S.E. 2d 380 (1998)(on behalf of North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers)
  • Johnson v First Union Corporation 131 N.C. App. 142, 504 S.E. 2d 808(1998)(on behalf of North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys)

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.




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