We Can Help You With Your Worker’s Compensation Case
Richard S. Farris has handled all types of job-related injury cases during over 19 years of practice. Coan and Farris, PC is thus well-equipped to handle your worker’s compensation case.
We can help you determine what benefits you may be entitled to and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We have the experience to help you navigate the system, protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve to protect your family’s financial welfare.
At Coan and Farris, PC, we know what you are going through when you’re out of work because of an injury.
The stress of lost income is a big factor, but really only the beginning. Injuries, depending on their nature, can result in marital, personal and family stress as well.
Also, chronic pain, lack of mobility and/or inability to take part in the normal activities of your life can make all these things worse. While we can’t make these things go away, we know it’s a part of your life during your recovery and we will do all we can to help you through this tough time.
Medical Expenses: Workers’ compensation provides for payment of medical expenses, including hospital and rehabilitation services, medication and travel. In some instances, you may also be entitled to have future medical expenses related to the injury covered for life.
Weekly Compensation: As an injured worker you are normally entitled to receive a weekly compensation check during any period where you are out of work because of your injury. This check will be roughly two-thirds of your average weekly wage during the year before your injury. Determining the wages your benefits will be based on is thus a critical step in the process and frequently the employer’s insurance company’s initial determination of your “comp rate” is inaccurate. We will make sure that your compensation rate is correct; this can be especially important if your work substantial amounts of overtime or your pay is subject to other variables.
Permanent Injury: If you suffer an injury that results in some degree of permanent injury, you may be entitled to a lump sum amount of compensation specifically for your disability. This is based on the percentage of disability to the body part or parts injured. In the event of total and permanent disability, an employee may be entitled to disability payments for life, as well as lifetime medical benefits.
North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act
The Worker’s Compensation Act is administered by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Here is a link to the I.C.’s Annual Bulletin which contains additional valuable information on worker’s compensation in North Carolina: http://www.ic.nc.gov/bulletin.html.
PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS
In general, as long as your injuries were a direct result of your employment, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Injuries may also include illnesses acquired through your employment, such as those dealing with hazardous or cancer-causing chemicals. Proving liability, however, can be a long and complex process requiring the knowledge and experience of a qualified attorney.
Additionally, there is a two-year statute of limitations on filing a claim in North Carolina so time is important.
At Coan and Farris, PC, we know there is nothing more crucial to you and the welfare of your family than to protect your income and your earning capacity and we will work to protect your rights and get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.
THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PROCESS:
Workers’ compensation is designed to avoid the lengthy delays in the court system by providing compensation through a separate legal process for workers injured on the job.
The process begins with notifying your employer that you have been injured. You must do this within 24 hours of the accident if he does not already know about it.
When you call in to set up an appointment ask to speak to me (Richard S. Farris) directly. I will talk to you then if I am in the office. If I’m not, go ahead and set up an appointment to see me.
We will try to get you in on the day you call if possible but in any event you will be offered the next available appointment.
I will be notified of your call basically as soon as you are off the phone with my office and I will contact you back by phone if you request.
Our Workers’ Compensation clients are important to us and we will make very effort to accommodate you and your schedule.
DO I NEED A LAWYER MY WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE?
If your injury results in a small claim involving several days or weeks out of work, you may not need an attorney.
In the event you will not be benefited by our assistance, we will tell you.
Serious claims and serious injuries, however, require the assistance of an experienced attorney. We can help you maximize the value of your claim.
In cases where an injured worker is facing a significant disability, employers are at a significant advantage. They, along with the insurance company representing them, deal with the system all the time, but it’s likely the injured worker’s first such experience.
An injured employee has to be concerned about his recovery, his job and the financial security of his family; the employer and the insurance company, however, are worried about their bottom line and want to settle the claim for the smallest amount of money possible.
Free Legal Appointments:
If you or someone you love is out of work and facing a workers’ compensation claim, Coan and Farris, PC offers free appointments to discuss your rights.