Do I Need a Workers' Compensation Attorney?
Why Hire A North Carolina Workers' Comp Attorney?
On the surface, a workers' compensation claim seems to be a straightforward matter. If you are injured, you have a right to file a claim to recover a portion of your lost income and pay for your medical care.
Unfortunately, workers' compensation claims can be complicated. If you're injured at work, contact an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for a free case evaluation. You have nothing to lose by discussing your potential claim with one of our North Carolina workers' compensation representatives.
There are many reasons to hire an attorney to help with your Workers' Compensation case. Here are just a few:
- It is difficult to deal with injury, loss of income and related family concerns. Our experienced Workers' Compensation lawyers may be able to give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that someone is focusing on the legal aspects of your case. Then you can focus on other matters.
- Generally, it is your employer's insurance carrier who makes decisions regarding the care and compensation you receive in a Workers' Compensation claim. It is in their best interest to keep your compensation, and their costs, as low as possible. Our experienced Workers' Compensation experts understand how to negotiate with insurance companies.
- The employer's insurance carrier has the right to direct your medical care. This means that the insurance company can send you to a doctor and/or facility of their choice for your medical treatment. However, the North Carolina Industrial Commission may approve your request to change direction or to seek treatment from a provider of your choice. Our experienced Workers' Compensation attorneys can guide you through this process.
- Sometimes a physician will recommend a particular type of treatment, but the employer's insurance agency does not approve of the treatment in a timely fashion — or at all. The North Carolina Industrial Commission can compel the insurance company to approve the recommended medical treatment. Our experienced Workers' Compensation lawyers can help you deal with this issue.
- When discussing the settlement of your Workers' Compensation claim, it is important to consider future medical treatment as part of the equation. Our experienced Workers' Compensation lawyers may be able to help ensure that the settlement of your case meets your future needs.
- Even if an injured worker has returned to work, it is possible for that worker to need permanent ongoing medical treatment. Even if these treatments are medically recommended, ongoing payment for them is not automatic. Our experienced Workers' Compensation attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation for recommended treatment into the future.
- Safety often means not rushing back to work before it is appropriate. The insurance company has every incentive to convince your employer to get you back to work as soon as possible. The rules of suitable employment are very complex and it's difficult for layman, or even a lawyer who does not often work in the field of Workers' Compensation, to know how to present the issue.
- Too often, Workers' Compensation claimants are put back to work in a "made-up" position. This may seriously compromise his or her job security (since the job may not be critical) as well as job satisfaction if the employee is capable of more challenging work. The possibility of being terminated from a "fake job" is an important issue to consider. Our experienced Workers' Compensation lawyers have experience fighting off "make work," which is often disguised as "light duty," "modified duty" or "restrictive" employment.
- In the event your employer cannot accommodate your restrictions or otherwise does not have employment available, the employer's insurance company may be required to create a vocational rehabilitation (voc rehab) plan to help you be retrained and to locate future employment. This vocational rehabilitation (voc rehab) plan can be insufficient, forcing you into a future of low-level and low-paying work. Our experienced Workers' Compensation attorneys can help you navigate the return-to-work process.
Our North Carolina workers' compensation team
The experienced Workers' Compensation Department at James Scott Farrin has dealt with thousands of Workers' Compensation cases over the years. Several of our attorneys are Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation law by the North Carolina State Bar. Two have worked at the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the legal body charged with administering and enforcing Workers' Compensation laws. Several have more than 10 years of experience and several of our staff members are bilingual in English and Spanish.
Serious injuries demand serious attention. Don't leave your future to chance. Take action! Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. We mean business!