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Changes to workers' comp law get NC panel's look

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A legislative committee is continuing work on legislation easing the responsibility of North Carolina employers for workers compensation claims.

A state House committee took up the measure Thursday and groups of concerned workers again filled the hearing room.

Representatives of the economic interests at stake said they are close to negotiating a compromise. The state's chamber of commerce, lawyers who sue on behalf of injured workers, and attorneys who defend insurance companies are at the table.

The sticking points include whether employers, their attorneys and their insurers should have greater access to the medical records and doctor of an injured worker. Another issue is whether to cap temporary payments for a totally disabled worker at nearly 10 years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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