Big Wins This Week

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Stewart Poisson and Catherine Wyatt have big wins this week!

This week Catherine Wyatt received notice of two Fully Favorable decisions for her clients on Social Security Disability appeals. Stewart Poisson co-authored a Court of Appeals brief on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice in a workers’ compensation case involving the correct method for calculating the workers’ compensation weekly benefit for a worker injured on the job while employed by a staffing service. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals held in favor of the injured worker on this important issue, thanks in part to Stewart’s work.

The Social Security Administration often denies initial applications for disability benefits. At that point, the claimant needs to hire an attorney or non-attorney advocate to help with the appeal. Catherine Wyatt has been handling such appeals for many, many years and has an excellent win record. Just this week, Catherine received notice of two Fully Favorable decisions for her clients in Social Security Disability appeals. One judge announced the win on the record at the hearing, and another case was reversed even prior to the hearing, all based on Catherine’s hard work for her client.

Stewart Poisson not only handles workers’ compensation cases for the firm’s clients, she also assists in writing “friend-of-the-court” briefs in important workers’ compensation cases that other firms handle. Stewart is very interested in making sure that the appellate courts properly interpret the law affecting her clients. Stewart co-authored one of these “friend-of-the-court” briefs for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice last year, and just this week, the Court of Appeals reversed the Industrial Commission in Nay v. Cornerstone Staffing and found in favor of the injured worker.

The issue in the case was how to correctly calculate the weekly workers’ compensation rate for an injured worker employed by a staffing agency or temp agency. The Court clarified the law and held that “[Mr.] Nay’s employment relationship with Cornerstone, like most at-will employment in this State, did not have a definite, specified end date, whereas the plaintiff’s employment in Tedder was definite in light of being hired to work for the defendant temporarily for a specified, limited period of seven weeks.” This is a major win for injured workers who were having their weekly benefits slashed just because they were in the employee of a staffing agency. Click here to read the brief. https://www.ncappellatecourts.org/show-file.php?document_id=247620

If you or someone you know needs help with a disability appeal or a workers’ compensation case call Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC today. We have offices in Wadesboro and Wilmington, North Carolina. We can help ensure that your case is handled fairly and give you our best efforts in assisting you obtain the benefits you deserve.

Stewart Poisson focuses her practice on litigation. Stewart opened the Wilmington office of Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC in 2006. She assists clients in both of the firm’s offices in the fields of Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury and handles all appellate work for the firm. She particularly enjoys helping clients who have been injured in workplace accidents caused by the negligence of a third party. She represents clients in the both the personal injury claim and the workers’ compensation claim and is skilled at maximizing her clients’ recovery in these complicated cases.