Bill Summary for H 26 (2017-2018)
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AN ACT TO CLARIFY THAT AN INJURY NOT IDENTIFIED IN AN AWARD ARISING OUT OF G.S. 97-18(b) OR G.S. 97-18(d) IS NOT PRESUMED CAUSALLY RELATED, AND TO AMEND THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT REGARDING APPROVAL OF DISPUTED LEGAL FEES BY THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION.Intro. by Watford, Zachary.
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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Deletes the proposed revisions to GS 97-90(f), concerning disputed attorneys' fees in workers' compensation cases. Instead, requires the Industrial Commission (Commission) to hear any dispute between an employee's current or past attorney(s) regarding the division of a fee as approved by the Commission only after the Commission has approved the settlement agreement (previously, did not specify when the Commission must hear the dispute). Adds a new requirement directing the Commission to give notice to each of the employee's current and past attorneys of the total amount of the approved fee prior to determining how the fee is to be divided between those attorneys. Makes conforming changes.