Were you or a loved one injured at work and have questions? Read these 3 workers’ compensation questions that we are often asked, then give us a call today.
1. What do I do if the insurance company denies my workers comp case?
Just the other day someone called me and said they trusted their employer, thought that their claim had been reported, and thought they were going to be treated well after they were seriously injured on the job. They had been a long-time employee and they believed that they were going to be taken care of. What they couldn’t bring themselves to believe was that they weren’t being taken care of. After several months, they realized they weren’t, and they called my office. If this is you, we will immediately spring into action for you.
We will make sure to first get a copy of the file from the North Carolina Industrial Commission to make certain that all the documents that the employer was supposed to file and even you should have filed are either there or make sure, if they’re not there, we get them filed for you. We will immediately request a hearing so that you can have your day in court. That day won’t come overnight, but we will use the time while we’re waiting for that day to prepare your case. That may mean sending you to more doctors, getting more opinions, and figuring out how serious your injuries are and how they’re going to impact your ability to return to work.
If your injuries are so severe that you in your heart know and you in your gut know you can’t return to work, then I’m going to work for my client to develop their case so that we can prove that both medically and vocationally with someone who has a master’s degree in vocational counseling. If this is you, contact our office. We would be glad to help you, and we want the opportunity to start working for you as soon as possible. The clock is ticking on you, even if you didn’t really know there was a clock. There’s a part of you that realizes something is off, so use that to contact our office and let us fight for you and your family.
2. Should I contact a lawyer about my injury even if I don’t lose time from work?
Just the other day in North Carolina, someone called me up that had had a serious injury, but the employer was still allowing them to work so that the employer wouldn’t have lost time. That person wanted to know why they need an attorney, if they’re still working. I had to explain to them that there’s a lot of pitfalls and a lot of bad things that can happen if you don’t know your rights. Even though you’re still working, you know you have a serious injury. If you have serious injury, at some point, the fallout from that injury is going to impact your ability to work. The employer is always looking to cut cost, even if it comes at your expense.
At some point, that employer or their workers’ comp carrier is going to make a move to cut you off of your benefits, whether you agree or not. This is why you need to contact an experienced Richmond County, NC workers’ compensation attorney, even if you’re still at work. That attorney can begin to start planning for the day when the employer turns on you. I know that your employer may well have been good friends with you before you were hurt, but now you’re hurt and you can’t do for them what they need you to do, so they’re going to look at you differently, as difficult as that may feel.
An attorney that’s working on the case from the beginning is going to know how to stay two steps ahead of your employer to protect your rights and your family. If you’re still at work, don’t hesitate to call our office and let us help and begin to plan for the future if you know that your body has truly been hurt. Call us.
3. Should I attend my workers’ comp hearing?
Recently, someone called me up and said, “I have a workers’ compensation case, and I’ve been representing myself. I need to know whether I should show up to go to court. I feel a little uneasy about it, and I’m wondering whether I need to get an attorney.” Well, if you find yourself in that situation, then you need to get a legal opinion about your case from an attorney before you try to go to court and represent yourself. Certainly, though, if you don’t have time to get an attorney, you need to go to court, explain to the judge that you plan to get an attorney, and ask for a continuance so that you can get an attorney. Then you need to contact attorneys right away and be prepared to provide that attorney with the documents that you have in your case, and let that attorney assess your case, and see if that attorney wants to take your case and represent you in court.
Understand that you’ve waited a long time to retain an attorney. You have to realize that it’s going to be very difficult for you to represent yourself in court. You certainly need to show up at court to let the judge know that you care about your case. If you don’t show up or retain an attorney, the judge will dismiss the case and you will lose your case. Frankly, if you’ve got a court case, you’re going to need to be in court when you have an attorney or, chances are, the attorney is going to move to have the hearing put off to another time. The real question and the real problem you need to solve is you need to find yourself an experienced Richmond County, NC workers’ compensation attorney.
If you’ve had a serious injury, and you’ve just been trusting your employer, before you let your court date come, you need to contact our office and give us the opportunity to review your case and determine what needs to be done on short notice next. Call our office. Don’t delay because, if you wait too late, no attorney is going to be able to help you.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured at work in North Carolina and have questions about workers’ compensation? After reading these 3 workers’ compensation questions, contact experienced Richmond County, NC worker’ compensation lawyer H. Bright Lindler today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
We will fight for you and your family.
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