Posts By: Gwen Clayton

Will My Medical Malpractice Case Hold Up in Court?

Personal Injury

Will My Medical Malpractice Case Hold Up in Court?

When we visit the doctor, we’re putting our trust in them…counting on them to know what they’re doing and that they’re doing what’s best for us. After all, they’ve been to medical school and are trained to understand how the human body works and what we need when we’re sick or injured. However, doctors are human and as the saying goes: to err is human. So what happens when a doctor or other medical professional makes a mistake and you find yourself more injured in the process? Will an attorney take on your case?


This is one of those tricky situations in which I have to say “it depends.” Unfortunately, medical malpractice suits are often very complex and difficult. In 2014 of all the medical malpractice cases in North Carolina, only 147 of them received settlements. This means many attorneys can be very wary of these kinds of cases, and some won’t take them on at all.
It’s good to know that at Oxner + Permar we do take on medical malpractice cases. If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, we invite you to give us a call. That way we can assess whether or not your case will likely hold up in court. We have a lot of experience dealing with these kinds of cases, which means we know what we’re looking for. We won’t take on a case we know doesn’t stand a chance, but we can at least advise you on how to proceed. And in the case that you do have a court-worthy claim, we’re ready to stand up for you.


If you’ve been the victim of a medical malpractice case, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We offer free phone consultations so that we can assess your case.

If I Was Injured At A Work Party, Am I Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Workers' Compensation

If I Was Injured at a Work Party, Am I Covered by Workers’ Compensation?


If you’re injured at a holiday work party, you might not be eligible for workers’ compensation. Take, for instance, the following case. Over the holidays this year, a North Carolina court affirmed the decision to deny a woman’s workers’ comp claim after she was injured at her annual holiday work party in 2013.

The woman, Melissa Lennon, suffered a fall while at her annual holiday work party. She sustained serious injuries including fractured bones and muscle tears. She filed a claim to cover her missed time from work and permanent partial disability. You might think that she has a fairly good case, seeing as she was injured while attending a work function.


However, the court decided that she was not eligible for these benefits. One of their biggest reasons was that, as far as they could tell, she was not required to attend the function — many of her coworkers didn’t attend the function at all. What’s more, the party was not funded by her employer, rather by some of the employees.


In this case, the ruling was not in Ms. Lennon’s favor; however, that’s not to say that there aren’t some circumstances in which an injury at a work party might be covered by workers’ compensation. If you were injured at a mandatory event, or if the event was sponsored by your company, it’s possible your claim won’t be denied.


If you’ve been injured at a work party, and have any questions about your eligibility, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney at Oxner + Permar for a free consultation.



Oxner + Permar Charity Spotlight: Rock and Wrap It Up


Oxner + Permar Charity Spotlight: Rock and Wrap It Up

At Oxner + Permar, we’re always excited to support a good cause. We like to do our part to give back to the community when we have a chance. I want to take this opportunity to tell you about one of the groups we work with, to try to get the word out, and bring some attention to a good cause. 


Rock and Wrap It Up is a very impressive organization that we partner with. They take unused food from schools and distribute it to the hungry.
More than 50% of children in Guilford County are on free or reduced-cost lunch programs. This means all too often these children can’t afford to bring snacks for later on in their day. Rock and Wrap It Up saves unused packaged items from school breakfast so that these children can have them later in the day. Food that would otherwise be thrown away gets eaten, and children who would otherwise go hungry get to eat. It’s a win-win!


As part of a 25-year-old nonprofit, Rock and Wrap It Up works hard to discover and vet agencies who are able to recover wholesale food and redirect it to those in need rather than sending it to landfills.


They are diligent about following the USDA and Health Department of North Carolina’s guidelines to ensure that the food is safe and stored under the correct conditions in order for it to be passed along to those in need. The organization also hosts the School Wrap program, which encourages students to get involved with saving food and sending it to those in need. This program has served more than 100,000 meals.


We encourage you to find out more about Rock and Wrap It Up and contribute to this wonderful organization if you have the time or resources.

Oxner + Permar Charity Spotlight: NC MedAssist


Oxner + Permar Charity Spotlight: NC MedAssist

At Oxner + Permar, we’re always looking for opportunities to give back to the community. So this month we thought we’d spotlight a couple of the charities that we support. They’re wonderful causes, very deserving of attention.


The first charity we’re highlighting is NC MedAssist. NC MedAssist is a great program devoted to helping North Carolinians be able to afford the medical care that they need. Even with health insurance, certain medical treatments and medicines can be very expensive. That’s why NC MedAssist is devoted to ensuring that everyone has access to the care that they need.

They believe that no one should have to choose between purchasing food or affording medication. One way they help is through their Free Pharmacy Program. The current eligibility requirements for this program are:


  • You must be a NC resident
  • You must be living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • You must not qualify for Medicaid, Veterans Administration, or private health insurance.


NC MedAssist also has a senior care program that works to provide alternate options for seniors whose Medicare Part D prescription benefits run out during the year.


Their Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Program provides free OTC medicines to families in need — it’s essentially like a food bank but for medicine!


To find out more about any of these programs or about how you can contribute, visit the NC MediAssist website. This is a really great program that’s close to our hearts. We sponsor one of their giveaway days every year, and we encourage you to get involved if you’re able!


If you’re able to contribute to NC MediAssist, we invite you to visit their website to find out more about how you can get involved!

Lunch is on Us!

Lunch is on Us!

At Oxner + Permar, we’re devoted to ensuring our clients receive the best service possible. To us, this means that you get our full time and attention. We’re not the kind of attorneys who make you wait a week before we get back to you. We take your calls, listen to your questions and concerns, and do our very best to keep you informed during every step of your workers’ compensation claim.


Your time is valuable to us, and we know that dealing with a workers’ comp claim can be stressful. We don’t want our clients anxiously waiting for an attorney to make time to answers to their questions. That’s why, if you call our office, and don’t get a call back by the end of the day, lunch is on us! We’ll send you a gift card in the mail.


In the off chance that we’re unable to return your call on the same day you reach out to us, we’ll make it up to you! We don’t want you to feel like your time isn’t valued, or that you’re just one of many clients in our system. All of our clients are important to us. Every one of our attorneys takes great care with each case they take on.


We welcome questions! If you need answers, or would like to check in with your attorney, feel free to give us a call. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to help you.