Have you or someone you know been hurt at work? You may be wondering if, and when, you should hire a NC Workers’ Compensation lawyer. Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina is defined by state law and you are only entitled to the benefits the law allows.
The decision to hire a NC Workers’ Compensation lawyer when you have been injured at work depends on the circumstances of your case. After you are injured and file a Form 18 with the NC Industrial Commission, your employer (their WC insurance company) can accept or deny your claim. If your claim is denied, hiring a NC Worker’s Compensation lawyer may be your only recourse. Even if your claim is accepted that does not mean that the employer has agreed to pay for all your medical treatment. If your employer refuses to pay for needed medical treatment you may need legal help to obtain the treatment you need.
During the course of your NC Workers’ Compensation claim you will have to deal with insurance adjusters, nurse case managers, medical providers, defense attorneys, and the NC Industrial Commission. There are more than 60 forms that address various aspects of a Workers’ Compensation claim. Failing to use the right form or filing the right form at the wrong time, can have real implications on your benefits.
When hiring a Workers’ Compensation lawyer, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- How much experience does your lawyer have with workers’ compensation? Do they understand the twists and turns of Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina?
- How is your attorney’s demeanor? You should be able to trust that your attorney will handle your claim with professionalism and respect. Being hurt at work can be traumatic and you want an attorney that can be both compassionate and give you the advice you need. Don’t forget that you can end representation at any time you are not happy with your lawyer.
- Does your lawyer have the necessary resources to represent you? Workers’ Compensation claims have a lot of moving parts and require a lot of attention. Ask your friends, family, co-workers, or those in your social network for recommendations. You can also read reviews of lawyer online before you hire.
The Bishop Law Firm represents injured workers in Raleigh, Cary, Fayetteville, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Greenville and surrounding areas in North Carolina. We do not get paid unless we win your case and we offer free case reviews by phone, (919) 615-3095.