Our Workers' Compensation Attorneys Can Answer Your Questions Now
If you have been injured at work, you probably have questions. The workers' compensation lawyers at Speaks Law Firm are available to answer these questions. We will answer them for free and without obligation.
Many people assume that because they have worked hard and have a good relationship with their employer that their employer will "take care of them" after an injury. The truth is that the employer has little to do with your claim. An insurance adjuster that you have never met will be making decisions that affect your health and finances.
You will need reliable information in order to make good decisions. You will need to know how all of this works. What do they have to do? What do you have to do?
You may have specific questions. You may have general questions. You may just want to verify that your claim is set up correctly. We are happy to talk with you. Just give us a call at (910) 341-7570.
You can call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also chat with one of our on-line operators or filling out the "How Can We Help You?" form on this page.
Do you have a Workers Comp Claim?
Were you injured at work? If you answer "Yes", then you may have a workers compensation claim. It does not matter who caused the accident. It does not matter if it was your fault. That matters for some claims but not for workers comp claims. However, there are rules in workers' compensation cases. Some are inflexible and unforgiving. Your failure to follow these rules can reduce or eliminate the value of your claim. A workers' compensation attorney can make sure your claim is set up correctly and within these rules.
Is your claim set up correctly?
Is your employer setting up your claim correctly? Is he setting your claim up for your benefit or for his? We will answer your questions.
Many people make mistakes in workers' comp claims that cost them thousands of dollars and prevent them from getting the medical attention that they need. They try to do what they think is right. They make decisions and answer questions based on reason and common sense.
This approach is often ineffective. The workers' compensation laws in North Carolina are detailed and specific. They are unforgiving. Failure to follow these rules can ruin your claim.
We know the Workers' Compensation Rules because we deal with them every day. We have worked with injured people all over North Carolina over many years. We know what to do and what NOT to do.
Many people who are injured at work have questions.
- How can I get the medical treatment I need?
- Do I have to go to their doctor?
- Who will pay for my medical treatment and prescriptions?
- How am I supposed to pay my bills if I cannot work?
- Will I lose my job?
We can help. Later, other issues arise.
- The doctor told me that I can go back to work, but I don't think I am ready. What should I do?
- I feel pressure from my employer and co-workers to go back to work, but I am not sure I can. What should I do?
- My employer provided income and medical treatment but should I get more? If so, how much?
After a work injury, you may be communicating with your employer. You may have a long and positive relationship with your employer. However, your employer is probably not making the decisions. Your employer's insurance company claim representative is making the decisions. Your employer may have no control over your claim. Does that matter? What is the claim representative trying to accomplish? Is he trying to be fair? Is he trying to save money at your expense for his employer?
The answers to these and other questions depend on the circumstances. Give us a call at (910) 341-7570 or (877) 593-4233. We can usually tell you within a few minutes if your employer is following the law and treating you fairly.
Do you have a Workers' Compensation Claim?
1. Are you entitled to Workers Comp benefits?
Workers' compensation benefits may be available if you were injured while you were working. Businesses employing three or more employees must provide workers' compensation insurance. This requirement applies to corporations, sole proprietorships, limited liability companies and partnerships. Workers compensation benefits are intended to provide wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured during their employment.
2. Have you set up your claim within the strict time limitations?
You must comply with the strict legal requirements imposed by the Workers’ Compensation Act in order to be eligible for these important benefits. Some of these legal requirements include time limitations. For example, you must notify your supervisor within a specific period of time of your injury. If you do not, you may lose your right to some or all of your benefits.
In addition, you may be required to fill out an accident report. You may need to preserve evidence that may be unavailable later. Be sure to get the names of any witnesses.
3. Should you Give a Recorded Statement?
You may hear from your employer’s insurance adjuster. He may want to talk with you about what happened. He may want you to provide a recorded statement. Would you make a statement to the police without a lawyer? Remember that the adjuster works for the insurance company and is trained to take these statements. The statement you provide may be scrutinized by lawyers later. The information will determine whether you receive income and medical benefits.
What will they ask? What should you say? What should you NOT say?
4. Do you have a Good Workers' Compensation Attorney in Place at an Early stage of the Claim?
Your workers' compensation lawyer can make sure that you receive the benefits that you deserve. He can represent you and your best interests throughout the claims process. His purpose is not to cheat the system or defraud your employer. He can work with the adjuster so that you can get the medical treatment and wage benefits to which you are entitled under the law.
5. How can the Speaks Law Firm help?
We do all those things and more. We can handle the legal issues so that you can focus on getting better. But, the first thing we can do is answer your questions and tell you what problems to avoid. Maybe you need us to get involved. Maybe you don't. In either case, we will be happy to speak with you. Just give us a call. We are a nationally recognized and award winning injury law firm.