Posts By: Gwen Clayton

Oxner + Permar Gives Back: A Simple Gesture

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Oxner + Permar Gives Back: A Simple Gesture

We talked last month about a couple of charities that Oxner + Permar is proud to work with, and this month we thought we’d share another. A Simple Gesture is a wonderful program dedicated to making sure that food banks and pantries are fully stocked with everything they need to help serve the community. While this program has a national reach, we work directly with the Greensboro branch to ensure that we’re doing our part for our community.

Participation is, as the name suggests, simple. But it makes a huge difference! Every month we give our employees little green bags. When they go to the grocery store, the just need to buy an additional nonperishable food item to fill the bag. Then, once a month, a volunteer comes to collect all of our full green bags. They distribute the bags to organizations such as Out of the Garden, The Greensboro Urban Ministry, Backpack Beginnings and Jewish Family Services.

 

All of the organizations that A Simple Gesture donates to have waiting lists to fill. It makes us happy to know that we’re helping to alleviate some of that need. If you’re interested in helping out or donating to A Simple Gesture, get your company involved, or sign up as an individual! Volunteers will drive to your house to collect your green bag, which means you can give without having to take time out of your busy routine.

 

If you have any questions about volunteering or donating to A Simple Gesture, be sure to visit their website for more details. 

Board Certified Attorney Bios

Board Certified Attorney Bios

We’ve talked in past blogs about what it means to be a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist, and if you’ve read those posts, you know it’s no small feat. We take great pride in our attorneys who have achieved Board Certification, and so we thought we’d introduce the 8 Board Certified attorneys we have here at Oxner + Permar: 

 

Todd Oxner- Todd is one of the founders and managing partners of Oxner + Permar. On top of being board certified, he is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is most proud of being able to help injured workers from step one all the way through their workers’ comp claims.

 

Chip Permar- Another one of the founders and managing partners of Oxner + Permar, Chip is a native of Greensboro. He also is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates forum. Chip is an alumni of NC State university where he double majored in Political Science and History.

 

Joel Davis- In addition to being Board Certified, Joel is AV rated — the highest peer reviewed rating a lawyer can receive based on their ethical standards and legal ability. He also spends his time participating in food drives, volunteering for Urban Ministries, and working on projects with the Knights of Columbus.

 

Justin Wraight- Originally from New York, Justin graduated from Elmira College with a degree in Mathematics. Having spent considerable time volunteering in a Legal Aide’s office, he saw first-hand a lot of the struggles his clients went through. This experience inspired his decision to go into workers’ compensation law.

 

John Landry Jr.- John brings outstanding experience with general law practice to the Oxner + Permar team. Previously, he defended insurance companies and employers, so he knows what it’s like to work for “the other side.”

 

Kristin Henrikson- Kristin is licensed in both North and South Carolina, and as such has represented clients in both states. Wanting to represent the interests of injured workers, she joined the Oxner + Permar team in 2009.

 

Megan Callahan- Megan has always been driven by her desire to help others. Her undergraduate degree from NC State is in Sociology, which she said has allowed her to connect with and understand others.

 

Oxner + Permar has more Board Certified members than any other firm in the state. To find out more about our team, feel free to contact us or visit our website. 

More Construction Means More Workers’ Comp Claims

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More Construction Means More Workers’ Comp Claims

It’s impossible to overlook it. New construction is going up everywhere in the Triangle. Whether it’s the newest set of apartments around the corner or the new shopping center that’s expanding down the street, it’s inescapable. Have you seen the Catholic Cathedral that’s going up off Centennial Parkway near the NC State campus? It’s massive! And it’s not even at the top of the list of the most expensive construction projects happening in the Triangle this year.

 

I’ve heard a lot of different opinions about all the construction: Some people are really excited about all of the growth and the opportunities for new jobs. Others are annoyed with the noise and traffic that comes with construction and the congestion that comes with an increase in visitors or overall population.

 

Whether you love it or hate it, the fact is that this growth doesn’t seem to be going anywhere — which is great for the construction industry who falls firmly on the “love it” side of things. But with all of this new construction comes construction-related dangers. When more people are working, the chance of injury is going to be higher. So it’s important to keep proper safety guidelines in mind.

 

If you are injured at work, be sure to file a workers’ compensation claim. Most work-related injuries are covered by workman’s comp. Workers’ comp claims can be a long process, so it never hurts to have a workers’ comp attorney on your side who can help guide you through your claim.

 

If you’re injured at work, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. With more than $275 million in awards and settlements, Oxner + Permar has the experience to make sure you’re getting the benefits you deserve.

Can I talk to an attorney TODAY?

Can I talk to an attorney TODAY?

We know that with a lot of big law firms, it can be hard to get a hold of an actual attorney — especially if you’re trying to get in touch before you’re taken on as a client. At Oxner + Permar, we’ve never been fans of extensive intake interviews being handled by staff who are not attorneys. For one, how can you know for sure you want to hire a certain attorney that you’ve never spoken to? What if the law firm’s intake personnel over-promised and didn’t reflect the reality of your case to you? Maybe the actual attorney isn’t confident that you have a good case at all. 

 

That’s why when you call Oxner + Permar, you’ll be speaking with one of our attorneys directly. Our intake department consists of actual attorneys. So if you have a question about a new claim, it will be reviewed by an attorney TODAY. What’s more, if you have any questions or concerns about your claim, you can ask and the attorney you’re speaking to can give you an answer on the spot.

 

This takes away the stress of waiting around for someone to answer your questions. You won’t have to wait for the attorney to get back with you at Oxner + Permar. You’ll have them on the phone and they’ll be able to answer your questions right away.

 

If you have a workers’ comp claim, be sure to give Oxner + Permar a call.  You’ll be able to speak to an actual attorney today.

Be Careful When Driving in Winter Weather!

Be Careful When Driving in Winter Weather!

North Carolina winters can be pretty unpredictable. It can be 70 and sunny one day, and then snowing and freezing a few days later. Because of this, we’ve developed a reputation for being a state that doesn’t handle the snow well, and to some extent, it’s true. As infrequently as it snows here, it’s usually easier to close everything down until the snow clears up and it’s safe for us to leave our homes again. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible for everyone, and with the snow comes an uptick in accidents and injuries.

When it comes to workers’ compensation and winter weather, there are a few important things to take into consideration. First, you are not covered by workers’ compensation on your commute. So if you come into work on a snowy day and get injured in a car accident on your way to your job, that injury won’t be covered by workers’ comp. When dealing with winter weather, we recommend that you don’t risk it. If you can work from home or take time off, you definitely should!

 

This is a little different for those who have to drive for their jobs. Whether you’re running deliveries or on a business trip, if you get into a car accident while driving for your work, your injuries should be covered by workers’ compensation regardless of whether or not the accident was technically your fault. And of course this doesn’t apply to just wintery weather conditions. Whatever the circumstance, you’ll be able to seek compensation if an accident occurs while you’re driving on-the-job.

 

When it comes to winter weather, be careful! Workers’ compensation doesn’t cover your commute to work. Be sure to contact an experienced attorney if you have any questions.