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Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Lawyers


Raleigh is one of the top cities in the U.S. for jobs according to Glassdoor. People here spend a lot of time and energy at work. Sometimes, unfortunately, a workplace injury happens. If injured workers can’t go to work, how are they supposed to pay their medical bills? That’s where workers’ compensation benefits can come into play.

An experienced Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyer can help answer your questions. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, many of our workers’ comp team members have been helping injured North Carolina workers for 10+ years, handling workers’ compensation cases, and guiding clients through the process.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has been named to the 2022 edition of the “U.S. News – Best Lawyers” ‘Best Law Firms’ annual national ranking list for the seventh consecutive year.*

For 2022, the firm again ranked in Tier 1 (the highest ranking) in the Raleigh metropolitan area for Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants and Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers.

*For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit: www.usnews.com and www.bestlawyers.com

How Much Does Workers’ Compensation Pay?

Workers’ comp benefits, through your employer’s insurance company, typically pay expenses for a recipient’s medical treatment and lost wages. 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 workplace injury.

Some workers may wonder if they are considered independent contractors or if their employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Don’t hesitate to seek assistance with your workers’ compensation claim. Consult with an experienced Raleigh workers’ comp lawyer to help you fight for the benefits you may deserve.

If I File for Workers’ Compensation in Raleigh, How Soon Can I Get Benefits?

In North Carolina, you have to be out of work for at least seven days because of work-related injuries before you are 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 job injury 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 weekly.

Will Workplace Accidents Rise in Raleigh?

There are many occupations with a high risk of workplace injury in Raleigh. If you take a look around, you may notice that construction is booming in the area. In North Hills, high rises and condominiums seem to pop 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, increasing construction around the city may lead to increased workplace injuries and more workers filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Healthcare Workers Also at Risk for Workplace Injury

People in the healthcare industry are also at high risk for workplace 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 may have a higher risk of a workplace injury.

If you’re an injured worker, consult with our experienced Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers to help you file a workers’ comp claim. We can help protect your rights and fight for all the medical benefits, Disability benefits, and lost wages compensation you may deserve.

Can I Choose My Own Doctor in My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Typically, your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company chooses your doctor and pays for your medical bills if your claim is approved. However, according to North Carolina law, you can petition the North Carolina Industrial Commission to change doctors or approve a doctor of your choice.

For workers’ compensation claims, reimbursement for medical expenses 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 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.

We can help you seek wage benefits, financial compensation, and medical care for injuries from a workplace accident to an occupational disease. You can put our knowledge of and experience with the workers’ compensation system to work for you.

And we work on a contingency fee arrangement, which means we get a fixed percentage of any compensation we are able to obtain for you.2 This ensures that our interests are aligned with yours – we both want the best possible result in the shortest amount of time.

Matt Healey, head of JSF workers' comp department and two-time Raleigh "Lawyer of the Year"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 Best Layers’ annual “Best Lawyers in America” list for Workers’ Compensation Law from 2013-2023. Matthew was also listed as a Raleigh’s Workers’ Compensation “Lawyer of the Year” in 2015, 2017, and 2022 by Best Lawyers in America.3 He and several other James Scott Farrin lawyers are NC State Bar Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation law.

Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fight for Injured Workers

If you or a loved one have been injured at work, contact our Raleigh office today for a free case evaluation. 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 help you seek maximum benefits as early as possible.

3 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for “Best Lawyers in America” and “Lawyer of the Year,” visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin treated me like family.
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin treated me like family. They made me feel confident about my situation. I was always able to get in contact with whomever I needed. They are very professional and great with responding back. I would recommend anyone who’s in need of a good team to work with them. 1
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I would recommend ANY and EVERYONE
I would recommend ANY and EVERYONE who has unfortunately been injured at their job and been treated unfairly to give JSF a call immediately. I had a very unpopular case, and JSF stepped up to the plate and delivered. I'm beyond ecstatic about my outcome! 1
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I want to thank everybody who worked on my case at James Scott Farrin.
I want [to] thank everybody [who] worked on my case at James Scott Farrin. They did a very professional and great job. I would recommend them to anybody that was ever looking for a lawyer, and I definitely would use them again. 1

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