Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Raleigh is one of the top cities in the U.S. for jobs according to Glassdoor’s “25 Best Cities for Jobs 2020” list. People here spend a lot of time and energy at work. Sometimes, unfortunately, people get hurt at work. And when the injuries are severe and people can’t go to work, how are they supposed to pay their bills? That’s where workers’ compensation can come into play.
An experienced Raleigh workers’ comp attorney can help answer your questions. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, many of our workers’ comp team members have worked for 10+ years handling workers comp claims and can guide clients through this process.
Our firm was recently ranked #1 among large companies on the Triangle Business Journal’s 2020 “Best Places to Work” Awards list. According to the Triangle Business Journal, each organization included in the list has been given “high marks in areas such as team effectiveness, trust with co-workers, manager effectiveness and work engagements” by its employees.
How Much Does Workers’ Compensation Pay?
Workers’ comp typically pays expenses for a recipient’s medical treatment and wage loss benefits. In North Carolina, you may be entitled to receive two thirds of your average weekly wage each week while you are unable to work because of your injury. Consult with an experienced Raleigh workers’ compensation attorney to help you fight for the full amount of compensation you may deserve.
If I File for Workers’ Compensation in Raleigh, How Soon Might I Get Benefits?
In North Carolina, you have to be out of work for at least seven days because of your injury before you are potentially eligible to receive wage loss benefits. But there’s a twist: you will not receive potential wage loss benefits for the first seven days out of work unless your disability keeps you out of work for longer than 21 days. So, your first benefits check, if approved for workers’ compensation, will not include the first seven days. Typically, benefits are paid on a weekly basis.
Will Workers’ Comp Accidents Rise in Raleigh?
If you take a look around, you may notice that construction is booming in Raleigh. In North Hills, high rises and condominiums seem to be popping up all over, and there are reports of plans for more development. Head down Hillsborough Street towards the Capitol, and you may be surprised by the new buildings under construction, block after block. Since construction laborers work in very physically dangerous environments, this increase in construction around the city may lead to an increase in work-related job injuries.
People in the healthcare industry are also at high risk for on-the-job injuries. The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce lists Duke University and Health System and WakeMed Health and Hospitals as the #1 and #6 largest employers in Wake County with more than 50,000 employees at these two organizations. If you are in the health care industry, you are at a high risk of possibly getting hurt at work.
If you are injured on the job, consult with an experienced Raleigh workers’ compensation attorney to help you protect your rights and fight for all the medical expenses reimbursement and lost wages compensation you may deserve.
Under Workers’ Compensation, Can I Choose My Own Doctor?
Typically, your employer or their insurance company chooses your doctor. However, you can petition the NC Industrial Commission to change doctors or approve a doctor of your choice. It is important to note that reimbursement for medical care is not guaranteed unless you obtain written permission to change physicians before the treatment is rendered. An experienced Raleigh workers’ comp attorney can help you try to provide a convincing rationale for changing doctors.
Why Hire Us as Your Workers’ Comp Lawyer in Raleigh, NC?
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys understand typical insurance company tactics and can fight to try to get your claims approved, as well as try to maximize the amount you may receive for your injuries. And we work on a contingency fee arrangement which means we get a fixed percentage of the ultimate case results.2 This ensures that our interests are aligned with yours – we both want the best possible result in the shortest amount of time.
Meet Matthew Healey
Matthew Healey, is a Raleigh workers’ comp attorney at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the annual Best Lawyers in America3 list for Workers’ Compensation Law from 2013-2020. Matthew was also listed as Raleigh’s Workers’ Compensation “Lawyer of the Year”3 in 2015 and 2017 by Best Lawyers in America. He and several other James Scott Farrin lawyers are NC State Bar Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation law.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, contact our Raleigh office today. We know how the NC Industrial Commission operates, and we will fight hard for your rights. Our Raleigh workers’ comp attorneys understand the frustration that accompanies being injured and out of work, and we can try to help you get maximum potential benefits as early as possible.
3 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for “Best Lawyers” and “Lawyer of the Year,” visit www.bestlawyers.com.