— Posts About Hank Patterson

Hank Patterson receives the 2014 Sarah H. Davis Excellence Award

On March 14, the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization presented Hank Patterson with the 2014 Sarah H. Davis Excellence Award.  Hank has been a board certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law since 2000, when he served on the committee that established the specialization.

The Sarah H. Davis Excellence Award is given annually to a certified specialist who exemplifies excellence in his daily work as an attorney and serves as a model for other lawyers.  Special consideration is given for a long and consistent record of handling challenging matters successfully, for sharing knowledge and experience with other lawyers, for earning the respect and admiration of all other with whom the lawyer comes into contact in his daily work, and for high ethical standards.  Hank is the embodiment of these values; his accomplishments and character are truly beyond match.

Congratulations, Hank!

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Hank Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from WILG

On October 7, Hank Patterson received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group.  Hank received the award at the organization’s annual convention in West Palm Beach, Florida, in recognition of his more than 35 years of tireless advocacy for workers’ rights and workplace safety.

Hank has long been active with WILG, a national organization of advocates for workers’ rights.  He currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors and Federal Legislative Committee and frequently travels to Washington, D.C. to speak to legislators on its behalf.  WILG’s lifetime achievement award “is reserved for those individuals who have gone above and beyond the norm, and who continue to play a vital role in supporting WILG and advocating for the issues important to WILG’s mission.”

 

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Rawls Prevails in Court of Appeals in Workers’ Compensation Case

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of one of the firm’s clients in an appeal brought by the defendants.  In Rawls v. Yellow Roadway Corporation, the Full Commission awarded Veran Rawls ongoing total disability compensation since his 2005 truck accident.  Defendants argued that the Full Commission had erred in several findings of fact, claiming that they were not based on competent medical evidence.  The Court rejected all of these arguments and affirmed in full the Commission’s decision.  Hank Patterson and Narendra Ghosh represented Mr. Rawls in the appeal.

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Hank and Narendra to Present Paper at Workers’ Comp CLE

Hank Patterson and Narendra Ghosh will present a paper they co-wrote at the upcoming 18th Annual Workplace Torts & Workers’ Comp CLE, which is put on by the NCAJ and will be held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on Friday December 2, 2011.  Their paper is entitled “Future Medical Treatment: Substance and Procedure for § 97-25.1”.  Hank is also a co-chair of the CLE.

Introduction:

“The provision for extending the two-year time limitation for medical treatment is not often discussed, but it can make a profound difference for claimants who need medical care in the future. This paper discusses the development of this provision in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-25.1, as well as the substantive and procedural issues raised by the statute.”

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Brief Filed for Rawls in Workers’ Compensation Appeal

In Rawls v. Yellow Transportation, the Industrial Commission concluded that plaintiff Veran Rawls suffered a compensable injury by accident in 2005 and has been totally disabled since that time.   Defendants appealed.  Hank Patterson and Narendra Ghosh, representing Mr. Rawls, filed this brief in the Court of Appeals.  Summary of the brief: Read more…

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Hank Presents Paper on 2011 Changes to Workers’ Comp Law

At a recent CLE addressing changes to North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law put on by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Hank Patterson presented his paper entitled “Changes to G.S. §97-29: Limitations on Total Disability Benefits – Cap and Credit”.  In the paper Hank summarizes and discusses the amendments to N.C. G.S. §97-29 in House Bill 709, which was signed into law June 24, 2011.

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Hank Speaks at Workers’ Compensation Roundtable

On Friday, Hank Patterson spoke at the 16th Annual Workers’ Comp Roundtable, a CLE put on by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.  Hank was part of a panel addressing the proper language for Social Security offset language.

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Hank Attends Congressional Hearing on Workers’ Compensation

Last month, Hank Patterson attended a Congressional hearing held by the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee, which examined state workers’ compensations systems.  The participants at the hearing discussed that “workers’ compensation systems have undergone numerous changes in the past decade as many states have begun strictly limiting workers’ compensation benefits – changes that may be stressing the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Additionally, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) guide to assessing injured workers has undergone significant changes in its latest edition, which has made consequential changes to injured workers’ evaluation procedure.”  See the committee site for details, as well as the comprehensive opening statement by Representative Lynn Woolsey.

Hank behind witness John Burton

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NC Legislature Amends Guaranty Bill to Protect Workers’ Compensation Settlements

Last year, the State expanded the coverage of the North Carolina Guaranty Association to include structured settlement annuitities for North Carolina residents.   This is especially important for people who receive annuities as part of a workers’ compensation or personal injury settlement.  Coverage here.  One part of the new law’s language was less than clear, which required an amendment.  The amendment makes clear that annuity protection runs to the benefit of the actual beneficiary, the “payee” of the policy.  The text can be found here.  The amendment was enacted during the legislature’s short session this summer and signed by the governor.  Hank Patterson and Narendra Ghosh assisted with the legislative effort.

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Hank Speaks on Workers’ Compensation at Iowa Conference

Hank Patterson spoke at the Iowa Association of Justice’s 19 Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar last month in Des Moines.  His presentation discussed National Legilsation and Policy Priorities for Workers Compensation, and specifically addressed Medicare reform (see HR 2641 — Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act of 2009), the National Commission on State Workers’ Compensation Laws Act (HR 635), and issues surrounding the AMA Guides on Disability.

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