When to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
It’s a good idea to contact a seasoned workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after your accident or the discovery of your injury. There are very important notification deadlines that must be met in order to put the workers’ comp process in motion. You don’t want your claim dismissed due to a missed deadline.
Contact Stewart Law Offices if:
- You aren’t sure if you have a valid N.C. workers’ compensation claim.
- You are confused about the claims process.
- Your workers’ compensation claim has already been denied.
- You are not expected to fully heal from your work-related injuries or illness.
- A third party (not your employer) could be liable for the accident.
- You disagree with the medical provider that your employer’s insurance carrier has directed you to use.
- The insurance company won’t approve a prescribed treatment plan.
- Your employer is refusing to accommodate your work restrictions or cannot find a suitable job for you to do while you recover.
In cases of minor injuries, you may not need a N.C. workers’ compensation attorney to get fair results. But know this: Insurance companies are looking out for their own interests, not yours. If you have any concerns about your workers’ comp benefits, call Stewart Law Offices immediately for help.
What Happens If a Claim Is Denied?
You can appeal if your workers’ comp claim is rejected. It’s highly recommended to seek an attorney’s help if you plan to appeal because the process is complex.
Your employer has 14 days after you notify them of your workplace injury to accept or deny the claim. If the claim is rejected, you will receive an explanation for the denial and notification of your right to appeal the decision.
The Industrial Commission handles all workers’ compensation appeals in North Carolina. Here’s how the process works:
- You have 14 days after receiving the denial to inform the Industrial Commission that you plan to appeal.
- You will be scheduled for a mediation meeting. That will be attended by you, your attorney (if you hire one), a representative from your employer’s insurance company, and an unbiased mediator who will listen to both sides of the story.
- The mediator will make a recommendation to the Industrial Commission. If you disagree, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge.
- The hearing is like a trial. Both sides will present evidence and argue their sides of the case. The judge will make a decision, and you can appeal further to a panel of three administrative judges if you wish. A workers’ compensation case can be appealed as high as the N.C. Supreme Court.
The outcome of your workers’ compensation appeal will hinge upon whether your case can be argued effectively. The skilled attorneys at Stewart Law Offices can take care of everything for you so that you can focus on recovering from your injury.
We’re standing by to get started on your workers’ compensation appeal. Call us today to discuss your legal options in a free consultation.
About Stewart Law Offices
At Stewart Law Offices, you won’t find a bunch of suits tossing around legal terms that don’t make sense unless you have a law degree. You’ll find down-to-earth attorneys who are committed to providing top-quality legal services in a family atmosphere.
Clients choose us because they know they will get a law firm with a track record of success, top-notch lawyers and a legal team that demands maximum compensation for each and every case.
If you’ve suffered a job-related injury in Matthews or a surrounding community, you’ll find the support you need from Stewart Law Offices.
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Stewart Law Offices has successfully represented claimants in workers’ compensation claims throughout North Carolina, including:
- $290,000 — Workers’ compensation
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Injured on the Job? Let Our NC Workers’ Comp Lawyers Fight for You
If you’re like most North Carolinians, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you suffered a job injury or have been diagnosed with a job-related disease. These benefits can be a vital resource for you and your family during your recovery.
However, if you’ve been denied workers’ comp or are unsure how to obtain benefits, reach out to Stewart Law Offices today. We’ll review your case at no cost, explain your options, and make suggestions for your next steps.
Call or contact us today for a free consultation.