The common MISTAKES injured worker’s face when they are hurt on the job are:
- They allow the employer to conduct a recorded phone call with an insurance agent prior to starting the claim. DO NOT CONDUCT THIS CALL WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY PRESENT!
- They allow the employer to tell them to go see a nurse or physician’s assistant rather than going to see a medical doctor. DO NOT ACCEPT THIS TYPE OF MEDICAL CARE AS THE ONLY MEANS OF CARE!
- They believe that an attorney can do no better than themselves in handling a claim. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DO NOT WANT YOU TO HAVE A LAWYER FOR A REASON!
- They fail to get paid for mileage, obtain second opinions, have private medical examinations, and wait for days and weeks for a return call from the insurance agent. IF YOU HAVE NO ATTORNEY TO FIGHT FOR YOU, WHAT ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
- They accept a minimal settlement based on a perceived disability rating when the case should really be viewed as a life-long problem and settled at a much higher value. DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN IMPAIRMENT RATING AND A CLINCHER AGREEMENT? IF YOU DO NOT, THEN YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO SETTLE YOUR CLAIM!
- They settle cases on their own to save money only to find out a year later that there settlement was too low AND that the Social Security (Disability) Administration is going to withhold a portion of their Social Security Disability because the Worker’s Compensation Clincher Agreement did not have the proper offset language included. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT A “SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSET” IS, THEN YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO SETTLE YOUR CLAIM!
- They wait too long to hire an attorney out of fear they will lose their job. NORTH CAROLINA ALLOWS AN EMPLOYER TO LAY OFF AN EMPLOYEE WITHOUT CAUSE EITHER WAY! IT IS A CRIME IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR AN EMPLOYER TO NOT REPORT AN ACCIDENT ON THE JOB.
Our attorneys will speak to you free of charge, in person, regarding your worker’s compensation claim. We only take a worker’s compensation claim when we believe we can actually help you with obtaining the best result.