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Bobby L. Bollinger Jr.
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  • How do I file my taxes if im on worker's compensation? disabled? Married filing jointly or separately ?

    I have been on worker's compensation since may of 2014. In that time I have had 5 knee surgeries, so I really haven't been able to care for my child while my wife works. I went to file our taxes, but I technically didn't have any income s...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Your workers' comp benefits are not considered to be "income" for income tax purposes by the IRS.

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  • Knee injury from dog attack sustained during the course of employment

    I was attacked by two dogs while performing an inspection on a residential address for the purpose of determining insurability for homeowners insurance. While kicking at the dogs to defend myself I injured my right calf and knee. I was sent by m...

    Bobby’s Answer

    You can solve the "Statute of Limitations" (it is actually a "jurisdictional bar") problem in workers' comp quite easily yourself. You need to go to the NC INdustrial Commission web site and electronically file the "Form 18" claim form. Fill it out completely, and submit it electronically. Print out a copy for your file before you "submit" it. You need to do this BEFORE the second anniversary of the incident. Where the form asks you for what body part is injured, just write "leg" and that encompasses your calf and knee. Once you get the Form 18 filed on time, you can then look for a "workers' compensation lawyer." But the fact that you have not had medical treatment or evaluation for nearly 2 years will indeed make this a very hard case to win if it gets denied. Simply put, your own inaction for the past two years (failing to timely file the claim, failing to get medical evaluations) may have prejudiced your ability to get this taken care of properly in the workers' comp arena. But I have linked three things below that may be helpful to you. Good luck.

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  • Can I resign after returning to work? Will this affect settlement?

    Returned to work for four hours a day after being off seven months due to on the job injuries which included a broken back and two fractured heels resulting in two ankle fusions. I've been back three weeks and I can no longer stand the pain I thou...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Yes, quitting your job could be a massive mistake. If you cannot handle the pain, talk to your treating doctor about the problems you are having and perhaps the doctor will ether offer some solutions or modify your restrictions. If that does not solve the problem, you need to talk to a competent workers' comp lawyer. I have attached a link to the list of NC Certified Specialists. I frequently handle cases out of Lincolnton, as do my specialist colleagues with offices in Charlotte and Gastonia.

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  • Can the seller legally require that he be paid with a conventional loan and not any other loan?

    We recently signed a contract agreeing to purchase a house from a private seller. In the contract is specified that the seller is to be paid with a conventional loan. We were not approved for a conventional loan but were approved for an FHA loan. ...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Isn't the buyer getting the loan? Why would the seller care what kind of loan the buyer gets? All the seller should care about is getting paid the right amount at the closing. Something does not make sense here to me.

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  • Worker's comp rate so high is it common

    I was wondering if anyone can help me. I used to run a retail flooring store that only sells flooring to the customer. We use farmers insurance and we never had any claims ever. Our rate is about 8.7% of our total wages for the year. We do not eve...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Have you shopped around for quotes from other carriers? Farmers may be overpriced. But a lot of factors go into setting the price for a particular customer.

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  • How does the process get started.

    I'm looking for a lawsuit lawyer. I was injured on the job. I'm a baseball coach.

    Bobby’s Answer

    And a "personal injury lawyer" is not necessarily the same kind of lawyer as a "workers' compensation lawyer" although some lawyers handle both kinds of cases.

    Because you were hurt on the job, you specifically need a lawyer who is experienced with workers' compensation claims, rather than simply "personal injury" cases.

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  • What Do Injured Workers Do When Lawyers Leave Without Telling Them Anything? Workers Comp is such a mess!

    My attorney has decided to shut down his practice at the end of this month or early March 2016 and the only person to ask about this change was told "here's your paperwork, go find another lawyer!". If he's leaving for Retirement, how would yo...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Don't get too discouraged. Get yourself a new lawyer.

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  • My question is can I negotiate for some of my money up front if I decide to settle?

    I'm scheduled for a workers compensation full and final mediation hearing next week and I don't have legal representation and I'm not sure of the things I should be negotiating.

    Bobby’s Answer

    If you want to optimize the opportunity, you will need the help of an experienced workers' compensation lawyer. How are you going to evaluate your case for settlement? If you don't know the law and how to use the facts, you will get taken advantage of by the carrier.

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  • Can litigants appeal judge's ruling on a motion to compel if he doesn't think the ruling is correct?

    I am studying the law on my own after work and wondering if a litigant can appeal judge's ruling on a hearing for a motion to compel if he thinks the ruling is not correct. I'd like to study rules about this situation and would appreciate any adv...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Generally speaking, an appeal on an Order to Compel will be dismissed as interlocutory. There are some exceptions that you may want to investigate.

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  • I've been told that I can be compensated I need to know if I have a case or do I call Bostich directly

    about two and a half years ago I was only job and I was using a Bostitch HP 118 K 23 gauge Pinner this gun has a double safety feature but as it may seem if you have used any air tools before when grabbing this particular Bostitch tool they have p...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Your best avenue would have been a workers' comp claim. Talk to a workers' comp lawyer immediately, because if you are not already out of time to file, you will be soon. Your injury is painful but it is probably not serious enough to justify the expense of a products liability civil suit. So check into work comp on Monday. Good luck.

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