Posts By: Gwen Clayton

Why is it a Good Idea to Hire a Board Certified Specialist?

Why is it a Good Idea to Hire a Board Certified Specialist?

I recently had a client ask me, “What’s so special about Board Certified attorneys? Aren’t all attorneys board certified?” Interestingly enough, not all attorneys are Board Certified. Board Certification has nothing to do with certification to become an attorney. It is, in fact, an additional achievement that an attorney can strive for.


In order to become Board Certified, an attorney has to have a certain amount of experience. They have to have been practicing for at least five years in the area that they’re practicing. For instance, you wouldn’t be considered if you’d spent four years practicing family law and only one year practicing workers’ compensation. After they meet their experience requirements, they can apply to become board certified.


Their work will be reviewed extensively, and finally, they will have to take a day-long written examination. The idea behind Board Certification is continued education. The attorney must be committed to proving that they’re willing to continue learning and studying their field.


Attorneys who obtain Board Certification have to renew their certification every 5 years. This ensures that even once becoming Board Certified, an attorney’s education will continue.


So when you hire a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation specialist, you know you’re hiring someone who has been thoroughly vetted and is well educated in their field. You can bet that attorney is willing to work hard and tirelessly to make sure that your case is given the proper attention, and that a fair outcome is obtained.  At Oxner + Permar, we’re proud to say that we have seven Board Certified attorneys on our team.


If you have any questions about what it means to be Board Certified or about your workers’ compensation claim, don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free consultation.

A New Addition Means New Jobs and More Claims

A New Addition Means New Jobs and More Claims

You may have heard that the Huntersville hospital is looking to expand its capacity. Novant Health is seeking a $45.6 million grant to add a 3-story addition to the Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. The hospital is currently functioning at or close to capacity, and hospital officials worry that if need continues at this rate, they won’t be able to accommodate all of the patients who come through the doors. 


An expansion of the facility would also mean an increase in the number of jobs the center offers as well as those jobs needed to carry out such a project. The Huntersville Medical Center will need to recruit more nurses, and in order to complete the addition in the first place, construction jobs will be need to be filled. While it’s exciting to have added jobs, it’s also important to be mindful of the possibility of injuries. Medical professionals and construction workers are both fields that see an awful lot of workers’ compensation claims.


If you work in either of these fields, make sure that you’re taking the necessary steps to protect yourself at work. Are you following proper safety guidelines and regulations? Are you properly equipped and trained to handle the machinery? Are you seeking assistance when trying to lift people or objects that are too heavy for you to handle alone?


Even if you’re following best practices and safety guidelines, accidents still happen. If you’re injured at work, you should report your injury and take the necessary steps to file for workers’ compensation. Your employer takes out workers’ comp insurance in order to cover you in these situations. Make sure you’re protecting your rights, and claiming the benefits that you deserve.


Hospital workers and construction workers are professions with a high number of workers’ comp claims. If you’re injured at work, be sure to seek legal assistance from an experienced attorney who will fight for you.

Don’t Forget: Firefighters are Covered, Too!

Workers' Compensation

Don’t Forget: Firefighters are Covered, Too!

You may remember an incident last year when a massive apartment fire broke out in east Charlotte. Thanks to the hard work and bravery of 48 firefighters, the fire was extinguished in less than an hour. It’s amazing that a fire causing an estimated $200,000 in damage could be tamed so quickly. Fortunately, no residents or firefighters were injured in the fire.

Often, when people imagine work injuries or workers’ compensation, they’re thinking of injuries such as falls at work, heavy machinery accidents, or strain from repetitive motion. Many people forget that workers’ compensation also covers civil servants such as firefighters. Firefighters have physically intense jobs. Thankfully, workers’ compensation helps support the firefighters who get injured helping us.


At Oxner + Permar, we’re very appreciative of the work that firefighters do for us and our community. If you’re a firefighter or know someone who is, we’d be more than happy to answer any questions about injuries sustained while at work. The service you provide is invaluable, and we want to make sure that your rights are being protected. To all of you who put your lives on the line for public well being: Thank you!


You know a firefighter has your back when it comes to keeping you safe, but if you’re a firefighter and you’ve been injured at work, who’s going to be looking out for you and standing up for your rights? Call an experienced attorney at Oxner + Permar for a free consultation.

Family Law welcomes Attorney Kelly A. Walker

Family Law + Divorce

Kelly grew up in Huntersville, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Kelly earned her Juris Doctorate from Elon University School of Law. As a law student, Kelly was a Dean’s Fellow, President of the Family Law Society, a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, and competed as a member of the Moot Court Board. Throughout her time at Elon, Kelly served as the student clerk for the Criminal Subcommittee of the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, working alongside a Dean at the law school and numerous Superior Court Judges. During her third year, Kelly was a student member of the Guilford American Inn of Court.

Kelly joined Oxner + Permar in 2015 and practices Family Law. She continues to advocate for children through the Guardian ad Litem program. Kelly is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Greensboro Bar Association, and the Family Law Section of the Greensboro Bar Association. Kelly also serves on the Alumni Council for Elon School of Law and is a member of North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Oxner + Permar, is thrilled to have Kelly representing clients in all aspects of Family Law.