If you’ve suffered an injury or developed an illness that’s directly related to your work, you have rights. At Speaks Law Firm, we are committed to helping injured workers in Wilmington, North Carolina, and surrounding communities receive the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. Call us today to discuss your options!
Injured on the Job?
Call us and we’ll start working on your case right away. Getting help is just that easy.
Getting Help Is
Fast & Easy
We strive to make getting help as quick and easy as possible for our clients. As soon as you call us, we’ll start reviewing your case!
You Deserve to
You deserve compensation for your lost wages and medical bills. Our experienced attorneys will fight for every dollar you’re owed from the insurance company!
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We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you never have to worry about expensive hourly legal fees or upfront costs. In fact, you won’t owe us a penny unless we win for you!
We Know This Is Hard. We’re Here for You.
Suffering an injury or illness because of your job not only affects your health but also your career, finances, and personal life. Even though you’re dealing with serious injuries, life doesn’t stop. Your medical expenses and monthly bills may be piling up and, if your injury prevents you from working, you might not have a way to keep up with your payments. A workplace accident can throw your life into chaos. We see it happen every day.
You should never have to worry about how you’re going to pay your bills and support your family after a workplace injury or illness. Our attorneys at Speaks Law Firm understand what you’re going through and are here to help you through every step of the way.
What Our Clients Are Saying About Us
This is the first time I ever had to file a suit. I must say, Ms. Debbie Black was so very attentive to me; always cheerfully answering my questions. Her professionalism is outstanding. She truly showed that I really mattered.… View Testimonial- L.K.L.
The experience I received at Speaks Law Firm was amazing! Dealing with any type of workers’ compensation claim settlement can be stressful. Clarke, Debbie and their team were wonderful. They took a lot of stress off of me. They made… View Testimonial- QB
It was a very helpful experience and I am especially grateful for the way they answered my questions and helped me navigate what would have been a much more difficult situation. I felt that my interests were fought for and… View Testimonial- S.H.
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I was very pleased with the way that Speaks Law Firm handled my case. They worked hard to get the most money that they could. Everyone at the firm was always polite and always answered all of my concerns. I… View Testimonial- KE
They were always available and returned my calls shortly after I placed them. They answered my questions in a way that was easy for me to understand. Everyone was very professional and friendly. I would strongly recommend them at any… View Testimonial- J.L.M.
Everyone was professional and informative. My questions were answered in a timely manner and I was kept informed on the progress of my claim. I would gladly use them in the future. View Testimonial- S.J.
Thank you so much for all you help with my case. I know I was a pain and seemed to drag on forever. Thank you for your patience and all you did for me. View Testimonial- J.R.
Speaks Law Firm and Ashley have been great to deal with. I am very thankful and happy with the money I received. View Testimonial
I am very pleased with Jamie and Clarke‘s services. In a time that was very grim and dark, they brought much light. I don’t know what I would of every done without you two. Thanks from the bottom of my… View Testimonial- M.C.K.
Our Results Speak For Themselves
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Injuries to a Pedestrian in a Parking Lot
Child Injured on ATV
Workers Comp For Retail Employee
Injuries Sustained from a Head On Collision
Awarded for Injuries Sustained from a Fall
Correction Officer with a Knee Injury
Hurt on the Job? We Can Help With Your Claim!
We’re here to fight for your right to workers’ compensation benefits. Call us today for a free case review.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Typically, workers’ compensation covers all medical expenses required to diagnose and treat your work-related injury or illness. This can include medications, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, and more.
If your injury or illness prevents or limits you from working during your recovery, workers’ compensation may provide disability benefits to help cover a portion of your lost wages. Disability benefits are typically separated into four categories, depending on the severity of your injury:
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
- If you can still partially perform your duties at work but your earnings are negatively impacted, you may be able to receive temporary partial disability benefits. For example, if your doctor says your injury will only allow you to work a few hours a day, partial disability benefits may be awarded to help supplement your reduced wages.
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits
- These benefits are intended for workers whose injuries totally prevent them from working while they recover. Temporary total disability benefits are usually two-thirds of your average weekly wages and end once you return to work or your doctor determines you’ve reached maximum medical improvement.
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
- If you suffer a permanent impairment that partially hinders your ability to work, you may be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits for a period of time.
- Permanent Total Disability Benefits
- Your work-related injury or illness may be so severe that it prevents you from returning to your job entirely. If this is the case, you may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits throughout the duration of your condition.
If an employee dies due to their work-related injury or illness, their spouse, children, or other dependants would be entitled to death benefits and other funeral costs.
Common Causes of Workplace Accidents
There are many ways a worker can become injured on the job. Below are some of the most common causes of workplace accidents our attorneys see. If your work-related injury/illness happened for one of these reasons or any reason and you need help filing a workers’ comp claim, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Lifting Heavy Objects
Without proper technique or equipment, lifting heavy objects can cause sprains, strains, and tears. These injuries can be incredibly painful and may require surgery.
Slip and Falls
Improper footwear, slick floors, and poor lighting are all contributing factors to devastating slip and falls in the workplace. Falls can result in broken bones, dislocated joints, and even brain injuries.
Many workers who are surrounded by hazardous materials at their jobs, run the risk of developing serious skin conditions or lung illnesses. These workplace diseases can lead to life-long disabilities.
Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim in North Carolina
The first step to filing a North Carolina workers’ comp claim is to notify your employer of your injuries or illness. Regardless of whether you’ve given verbal notification, you must report your accident to your employer in writing within 30 days.
It is then your employer’s responsibility to notify the North Carolina Industrial Commission. You can also file a Form 18 directly with the North Carolina Industrial Commission which will then send your employer’s insurance company notice of your claim.
Be sure to include the date of your accident, your injuries, and a detailed account of what happened.
In addition to reporting your injury/illness to your employer, you should also seek immediate medical attention. Your employer has the right to select the doctor who will provide your medical treatment for a work-related injury/illness. While you may visit your own doctor, you are required to see any doctor your employer designates.
After receiving medical attention, it’s crucial to follow your doctor’s treatment orders. Failure to do so can jeopardize your workers’ comp benefits.
If you’re struggling with any part of the workers’ compensation system or your claim has been rejected, it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney who is experienced in handling workers’ comp claims.
Having the right attorney on your side can make all the difference in your claim. At Speaks Law Firm, our attorneys know the Wilmington workers’ comp laws and can ensure you aren’t taken advantage of by your employer or its insurance company.
What’s more, we can handle all the paperwork and hassles of your claim so that you can focus on getting better. All you have to do is call us.
Businesses operating with three or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage in North Carolina.
Report your accident to your employer and then seek immediate medical attention. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it’s important to receive a medical examination to protect your health and your rights.
While a lawyer isn’t required to file a claim, it can be incredibly beneficial. In some cases, insurance companies refuse to pay injured employees the benefits they deserve. If you have suffered a work-related illness or injury and are having trouble obtaining benefits, our Wilmington workers’ comp lawyers are here to help. We’ve helped countless injured workers in Wilmington and surrounding communities obtain the benefits they’re owed!
If the insurance company rejects your claim, you have the right to file a Form 33 Request for Hearing with the NC Industrial Commission. Keep in mind that many valid workers’ comp claims in NC are denied by insurance companies for a number of reasons. If this has happened to you, we highly recommend contacting our attorneys for help