The N.C. Legislature's House Select Committee on Tort Reform will meet Thursday, May 5, 2011 to further discuss House Bill 709 (Protect and Put NC Back to Work). As I have previously noted, there are various extremely dangerous provisions to this proposed law. The irresponsible sponsors of HB 709 / SB 544 seem to have no regard for their constituents based upon their actions.
Further, proponents of the bill are misleading the public regarding the specifics of the legislations. Representative Folwell has repeatedly stated the proposal will not apply to pending claims. Such is evidenced by the misunderstanding of a Fox reporter in a recent story. However, despite Rep. Folwell's lying, HB 709's language indicates that it would apply to all claims.
Truthfully, the application of this proposed bill to any injured worker is a terrible idea. Simply stated, it is a bailout of the insurance industry and employers responsible for the injuries of workers. Who is going to foot the bill? Yes, you guessed it - YOU - the public.
If you have sustained a work injury, or you have questions regarding this proposed legislation, you should immediately contact a Charlotte workers' compensation lawyer. I would be happy to discuss your case or this bill with you to provide some insight regarding your situation.
Whether you are an injured worker or just a concerned citizen, it is important that you contact your local representatives and Governor Perdue to voice your opposition to this bill promptly. The legislators are currently reviewing the bill. It will be voted upon in short order. Don't miss your opportunity to voice your concerns.