Greensboro Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorneys In Greensboro, NC
If you are hurt on the job in North Carolina, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the details of your claim, you could be eligible to have your medical expenses fully covered. In some cases, you may even receive payment for past lost wages, future lost wages, and permanent injuries.
Workers’ compensation claims can be challenging. The law, procedures, rules, forms, and requirements involved can be complicated and often don’t make common sense. Problems and conflicts frequently arise over the nature or extent of medical treatment, proper wage loss compensation, late payments, compliance with work restrictions, vocational rehabilitation, and any number of other matters. Sometimes, legitimate claims are denied, adding insult to injury and creating hardship.
No matter how dedicated an employee you are, when you are injured at work, you shouldn’t count on your employer or the insurance company to take care of you. Just having a work injury is stressful enough, the best way to protect your interests and relieve some of the stress is to call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can fight for your rights.
At Roane Law, we exclusively focus on injury cases, and we’ve spent nearly 20 years serving the people of North Carolina. When you work with us, Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyers, you can rest assured knowing your future is in good hands.
When Can I Be Eligible For Workers’ Compensation?
Companies with 3 or more employees are legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in North Carolina or qualify as self-insured, according to the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. This means that regardless of your industry, you can file a workers’ compensation claim if you have been injured while performing your job.
In order to be eligible for workers’ compensation, however, there are a few conditions you must meet. First, for any injury other than back/neck and occupational diseases, your injury must be caused by an accident and must “arise out of the course and scope” of your employment. For back and neck injuries, they must be related to your job but don’t require unusual circumstances/ an accident, as long as you can identify a “specific traumatic incident.” Some occupational diseases and repetitive motion injuries are covered but the requirements are more complicated than other types of cases. Second, you also must be considered a legal employee, which may prove difficult for some independent contractors, as the insurance companies often try to claim that these are not true employees. There are also circumstances in which people are actually employees but are labeled independent contractors by employers to avoid having to pay for workers’ compensation insurance coverage. In these situations, it’s especially important to review your case with a Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyer.
No matter the nature of your injury, we can communicate directly with the Workers’ Compensation insurance company to make sure that you receive the treatment you need, the benefits to which you are entitled, and ensure that your settlement is fair.
Why Choose A North Carolina Board Certified Specialist?
Experience and qualifications matter. Though both are doctors, it wouldn’t be wise to see a foot doctor for a back injury and if you have a back injury requiring surgery, it makes sense to find a surgeon who is Board Certified in either orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery.
These concepts hold true in the law. You want the attorney most qualified to ensure maximum recovery.
Only a limited percentage of Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyers are permitted to call themselves Board Certified Specialists. To qualify, an attorney must have practiced for a minimum number of years, litigated a certain number of cases, devote a major portion of their practice to workers’ compensation law, pass a lengthy and rigorous written exam and obtain positive reviews from other attorneys in the field.
Why Choose Roane Law for Workers’ Compensation?
In some workers’ compensation claims, there are additional defendants beyond the employer or the insurance company, especially when the work accident resulted from a car accident that was someone else’s fault or the injury was due to the negligence of someone other than the employer or was due to faulty equipment. In that case, you would need a good Greensboro car accident attorney. Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation firms do not know how to handle cases where there are third parties involved, and it can reduce your likelihood of securing full recovery.
At Roane Law, we can handle both of these claims to maximize your recovery. In one trial, we had workers’ compensation benefits paid of $146,000, but the defendants offered only $1,500 on the third-party claim. Our Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyer, James Roane had to fight the case for over a year. Finally, the case went to trial and the jury returned a verdict of $300,000. Even after the verdict one of the insurance companies tried to get out of their payment. If you have a third-party claim, make sure that you hire a lawyer who knows how to handle it.
Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney Serving Plaintiffs Only
Workers’ compensation cases can be complicated, so you should review your case with a lawyer experienced in this area of the law. At Roane Law, our attorney Kara McIvor serves as our Workers’ Compensation Practice Group Leader. Holding multiple prestigious honors and distinctions, as well as a Board Certification in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation, Kara is truly an expert at helping our clients to navigate their workers’ compensation claims. As one of the Top 25 attorneys in the field in North Carolina, Kara can provide the dedicated legal representation you deserve. To learn more about Kara McIvor and her track record of success in workers’ compensation cases, read her full bio here.