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If You Ignore a Recall and You’re Injured, Will Insurance Pay?

From the latest VW emissions cheating device scandal to GM ignition switch malfunctions to the Takata airbag recall (the largest recall ever), car and car parts recalls seem to have accelerated exponentially over the past several years.

Over the past 50 years, 400 million cars have been recalled – as many as could stretch around the earth’s equator almost 45 times! That’s a lot of recalls.

When a recall is issued, the manufacturer and/or the dealer, sends a notice to the owner outlining steps to fix the problem. But surprisingly many auto owners either don’t pay attention to the recall notices or ignore the issue when notified. If that happens, and an injury occurs to the owner or to others, who is liable for damages?

Here’s what attorney Mike Jordan had to say about this issue when interviewed on WNCT 9 On Your Side, Greenville.

Kids Can Overheat When Left in Cars – EVEN WHEN IT’S NOT HOT OUT

8 Things to Know

Many of us are parents. We’re painfully familiar with the soccer mom routine. Rushing from errand to errand, sport to sport, store to store.

And getting babies and toddlers in and out of car seats can take a long time! Even loving and well-meaning parents might feel compelled to leave their precious ones strapped in the car seat in a locked car (especially if they’re asleep) and “run in and out of the grocery store for a quick two minutes.” But if it’s hot outside, even warm, that two-minute trip could turn deadly fast. And in the first seven months of 2016, it did for 19 children across the U.S – two in North Carolina.

The stories are beyond heartbreaking.

Recent Hot Car Deaths in North Carolina

Earlier this week a three-year-little girl was spotted unresponsive in a locked van in Durham. Efforts to revive her failed.

In May, an eight-month-old baby was found dead in the backseat of his mother’s car in Wilmington. WWAY Wilmington reported that when the mother went to the day-care center to pick him up, she realized she had never dropped off her child, but instead left him inside the car all day – in 86-degree heat.

How Hot Is Too Hot?

Those stories might lead you to believe it’s only extreme circumstances, like accidentally leaving the child in there all day, or high-temperature levels, that could turn deadly, but that’s not true.

A car can heat up 19 degrees every 10 minutes, according to a report by the Today Show. One heat-related death of a 13-month-old child occurred on a 52-degree day!

There are ways to prevent these tragedies. Here are some of them.

8 Ways You Can Help Prevent Deaths in Overheated Cars

  1. When debating whether or not to make that quick run into the store or office, a rule of thumb is: When in doubt, DON’T. No errand in the world is worth losing a life.
  2. Make a consistent effort to check your car when you get out. You never want to “forget” your child.
  3. Place an essential item such as a wallet, phone, badge, or even one of your shoes near the child when you enter your car. This could help you remember. Or if you do happen to forget, hopefully you will return for your belongings and discover the child.
  4. Leave your child at home if you can. Run errands and then return to pick up your child afterward.
  5. Make a schedule for your day, so you are not in any hurry and can make direct trips without stops.
  6. Lock the car at home and keep the keys out of reach so curious little ones don’t accidentally crawl in and get stuck there.
  7. If you see something, say something. Call 9-1-1 if you see a child – or an elderly man/woman, or a pet – locked in a car.

How to Rescue Someone From a Hot Car

Here is a very informative must-see video from Todays Show that shows exactly how to rescue a child (or a pet for that matter) out of a hot car. Spoiler alert. It’s not how you might think.

Signs of Heat Stroke

  • Infants and toddlers are most at risk – 87%of children who have died in hot cars are under age three. And young children are likely to overheat almost twice as fast as adults. (The elderly are also at higher risk.)
  • Heat stroke may occur when body temperature surpasses 104 degrees. Excessive brain temperature can cause such symptoms as:
    • Dizziness
    • Disorientation
    • Agitation
    • Confusion
    • Sluggishness
    • Seizure
    • Hot dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Rapid heart beat
    • Hallucinations
    • Death
  • If the outside temperature is 90 degrees, temperatures inside a car can increase from 80 to 130 degrees in less than 10 to 15 minutes.

You Can Help Prevent Heat Stroke

We hope you learned as much as we did researching this blog. For more helpful tips on keeping your child safe in a car, please visit noheatstroke.org

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Will I Get Workers’ Comp Benefits If I Got Hurt on the Job in Another State?

We live in a mobile society where people sometimes live in one place and work in another. It’s not uncommon for an individual or family to reside in one city or state for only a short period of time before moving on to another community.

What happens if you live in North Carolina when you get hurt on the job in another state? And what happens if you’re hurt on the job in North Carolina and then move to another state?

The short answer is you are still entitled to benefits in most instances. But we urge anyone in these circumstances to get a lawyer to help them navigate this process. Here’s why.

Hurt on the Job in Another State

If you get hurt on the job while in North Carolina, you have a right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina. If you travel outside the state for work, the protections of the workers’ compensation system generally travel with you.

TIP! Workers who are hurt outside the state can still pursue a North Carolina workers’ compensation claim if their employment contract was made in North Carolina.

 

Seems simple enough. But it’s not always. Whether your employment contract was made in North Carolina can often be a complex question. And one that’s best addressed by an experienced workers’ comp attorney.

Generally speaking, your employment contract is formed wherever you were hired. This means if you live in North Carolina and are hired by your employer in North Carolina, then you can usually pursue a North Carolina workers’ compensation claim no matter where your injury occurs. So, for example, if you’re hired in North Carolina as a long-haul trucker, and are injured in a work-related accident driving in Virginia, you would generally be able to pursue a North Carolina workers’ compensation claim.

But again, I cannot stress enough that these situations can often be difficult to properly address as there can be many nuances in workers’ compensation law.

Getting NC Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Moving Out of State

Sometimes an injured worker has no choice but to move out of North Carolina for one reason or another.

TIP! The injured worker’s right to wage and medical benefits is not usually affected by relocation to another state.

 

Still, certain practical difficulties can arise in these situations. For example, the insurance company might argue that they would have had work for you if you hadn’t moved, so they should be able to cut off your checks. (I’ve heard this one.) A skilled and experienced workers’ comp lawyer can help, not only deal with some of these difficulties, but try to help you avoid them in the first place.

Getting Workers’ Comp Wage Benefits Out of State

If you’re hurt on the job and are receiving weekly wage benefit checks, simply moving to another state will not automatically disqualify you from continuing to receive benefits.

However, that has not stopped some workers’ comp insurance companies from trying to use an out of state relocation against the injured worker. We’ve seen it happen. It can be a slippery slope, but an experienced attorney can help combat their arguments.

Don’t wait too long before hiring an attorney, though. Time is not on your side in these instances and delay can sometimes hurt your claim.

Getting Workers’ Comp Medical Benefits Out of State

Moving to another state also does not disqualify you from continuing to receive the medical treatment you need to recover from your work injury. After all, if you require certain medical treatment for your injury while you live in North Carolina, nothing about your need for treatment changes because you move to Tennessee.

TIP! No matter where you are, the insurance company is responsible for paying for your medical care.

 

However, as a practical matter, it can sometimes be difficult to find doctors in other states who will agree to treat an out-of-state workers’ comp patient. Again, it’s prudent to contact an experienced workers’ comp attorney who can help address any problems you may likely face from an out-of-state move.

2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

There are 28,000* attorneys licensed to practice in North Carolina. Of course, not all practice workers’ compensation law, but many do. Here are just a handful of very good reasons we believe you should consider the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin to help you with your workers’ comp claim.

Our firm received the highest ranking by the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for Workers’ Compensation in the greater Raleigh area**.

Our workers’ comp attorneys include six North Carolina Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists. One is a former North Carolina state senator and former Deputy Commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission (the workers’ compensation “court”). Others used to work for workers’ compensation defense firms.

Get NC Workers’ Comp Lawyers to Evaluate Your Case FREE

With all these credentials, you may think you can’t afford to hire us. We believe you can. We work on contingency, which means you pay no attorney’s fees unless we get compensation for you.

Any of our attorneys will be happy to evaluate the circumstances you may be up against – for FREE. Just click here or give us a call at 1-866-900-7078.

 

*  Figure provided by the N.C. State Bar as of December 31, 2015.

** Visit www.usnews.com for more information about criteria for inclusion.

 

I’ve Been Hurt on the Job. Do I Need a NC Workers’ Comp Lawyer?

People often ask me whether it’s possible to handle a workers’ compensation case without an attorney. My response is almost always the same. Sure, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

Even minor workplace injuries can get complicated…fast.

If you’re injured on the job, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should investigate (and hopefully cover) your claim. The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act sets forth the procedures they must follow and the benefits you may be entitled to receive.

Sounds simple, right? Not necessarily.

NC Workers’ Comp Laws Can Be Complex and Confusing

The NC Workers’ Compensation Act is a long, complex compilation of legal rules and procedures that apply to work-related injuries and occupational diseases. The nuances of handling a workers’ comp claim would fill a large book – in fact, there are already many books large and small trying to properly explain workers’ comp. (Ours, for example!) Even if you have some legal experience, sorting through the information can get pretty confusing.

North Carolina workers’ comp laws require injured workers to follow meticulous steps, file specific forms, and comply with various deadlines. If you fail to meet any of these requirements, you could miss out on potential benefits or even lose your right to pursue your case.

NC Workers’ Comp Cases – More Questions Than Answers

Although some workers’ compensation cases may seem simple and straightforward on the surface, things can get rocky in no time. Consider this hypothetical scenario:

Day #1. You sustain an injury on the job and, as required, report it immediately to your employer.

Day #2. You receive a call from a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster who informs you that your claim has been accepted. (Woo-hoo!)

Day #3. You are instructed to go to an occupational health clinic for medical treatment.

So far, so good. Everything is going smoothly…right?

But what happens if the doctor refuses to treat you or if you disagree with that doctor’s diagnosis or treatment plan? Can you get a second opinion? What if you’re unable to return to work? Will the insurance company pay you for your missed time? If so, how will they determine the amount of your weekly checks and how long will those checks last?

Get Help From a NC Workers’ Comp Attorney

A seasoned North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney can try to answer all these questions for you. And more. Our job is to help you navigate this often scary and confusing process as quickly and painlessly as possible.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our job doesn’t begin and end there. There is no checklist of things to do or not do. We try to do what needs to be done. Helping our clients is not just about trying to get them benefits. It’s also about being merciful and kind during an unpleasant time in their lives.

Our firm had one particular client who was facing difficulties with his case and was going through a hard time as the consequence of his injuries. Several people at the firm spent a lot of time “counseling” him on the phone. He tried to take his own life, and it took a lot of people to help him get through that. Our firm did all we could to make sure he was getting the care he needed. We had people counseling our employees involved in this case, on how to counsel the client. Last we heard he was doing really well1.

This is just one example of many stories where our firm has been able to help our clients beyond a settlement check1.

While hiring a lawyer may seem like a daunting task (even we know that!), hiring one can potentially make a huge difference in terms of the benefits you may ultimately receive.

Still not convinced? That’s OK!

How to Handle Your Own Workers’ Comp Case

If you decide to start out on your own and see how far you can get, make sure you do your research and ask plenty of questions along the way. Click here for our booklet designed to help you try to take control of your own workers’ comp claim.

Get a FREE Evaluation From NC Workers’ Comp Lawyers

If the going gets tough, feel free to reach out to me – or any of our other workers’ comp attorneys. Six are NC Board Certified in workers’ compensation law. And in 2016 our firm received the highest ranking possible by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for workers’ compensation law in the greater Raleigh area2.

We’ll let you know, based on our experience, if we think your specific situation warrants legal help – sometimes, in minor injuries, there’s no need to involve a lawyer. So click here for a free case evaluation or call us today at 1-866-900-7078.

 

1 Cases or matters referenced do not represent the law firm’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results. These descriptions of events are based upon the recollections of individual staff members. Client identity has been removed or changed to protect their privacy.

2 Visit  http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com  for more information about criteria for inclusion.

Social Security Disability Cases Take Too Long.

How We Can Help

I love my job as a Social Security Disability attorney. I really do.

It’s rewarding to know I’m trying to help someone achieve a financial lifeline. Especially when I read articles like the one published June 10, 2016 in the The Washington Post. It confirmed something our staff instinctively knew: hearing wait times are taking longer and longer.

The article claims, “The average wait for a hearing [for Social Security Disability] rose from 360 to 540 days between 2011 and 2016.  And the number of applicants awaiting a hearing has risen to over 1 million, an all-time high.”

Those are national numbers. In North Carolina, wait times are even longer. In Charlotte and Greensboro the average wait times are 21 months, and in Raleigh it’s 19 months.

Why so long and how can you potentially hasten your decision?

Fewer Social Security Disability Reviewers Take on More Case Loads

The article explains that these extended wait times are a result of Social Security Administration budget cuts, which forced a hiring freeze in 2011.

You don’t need to tell us that fewer reviewers are taking on more Social Security Disability cases. Our growing caseload speaks volumes.

Consequences of Delayed Social Security Disability Benefits

The ripple effects these cuts can have on human lives are shameful and shocking. Here is an actual example of what happened to a client who waited patiently while fewer workers took on more cases.

Our client had multiple and obvious disabilities. Even so, the client had to wait over a year to reach the stage to just request a hearing. Unfortunately, a couple of months after our client’s hearing request was finally approved, she passed away due to untreated medical conditions. The client’s ailments were treatable, but were not given medical attention because she could not afford treatment.

I often ask myself, if our client had received the benefits she so clearly needed, would that client be here today? Troubling as this was, we were able to pass the case on to our client’s spouse, as is customary, in hope that the spouse could receive the benefits the family needed. Several months later, the spouse died too.

Without a steady stream of income, many of our clients may not be able to pay for essentials like food, shelter, and medical treatment. In these instances, Social Security Disability benefits are not only a financial lifeline, they can be a literal lifeline. As we witnessed firsthand in this case, without treatments and regular medical assistance, the lifespan of these cases have a huge impact on those who desperately depend on their Social Security Disability payments.

We cannot change the bureaucracy of the Social Security Administration. That is why we believe it is more important now than ever to hire an experienced attorney who will try to do everything in their power to help move you through the process as quickly as possible, so you may be able to start receiving the benefits you may need.

Having a lawyer, especially one who focuses in Social Security Disability, can make it a lot easier to move a case through the system. Our lawyers, and the whole team in fact, know what’s important to include in an application, and often what can be left out.

—Social Security Disability paralegal Andrea Davis, 17 years of Social Security Disability Experience



Just the paperwork alone can be overwhelming for one person. We have an entire team of experienced people dedicated to that effort. Not only can we help you complete it correctly, process it on time, and in the manner in which Social Security Disability requires, but we can also follow up in a timely manner and try to prod the administration along. We can also help you obtain your medical records so that when your case goes to hearing, we know we’ve tried to do everything possible to make sure the i’s were dotted and t’s crossed.

Get Your FREE Case Evaluation From a NC Social Security Disability Lawyer

Our Social Security Disability lawyers and paralegals know how to navigate this complex (and quite frankly, slow) system. Just because the government doesn’t necessarily give your case the attention it may deserve in a timely manner, it does not mean we won’t.

You are our #1 priority and we are always available to answer your questions 24/7/365. Click here to contact us or call 1-866-900-7078.

P.S. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay any attorney’s fee unless we win your case for you. Further, the federal government caps the fees lawyers receive from Social Security Disability cases. Read about Social Security Disability contingency fees here.

Overwhelmed by the Choices of Personal Injury Attorneys?

Use Our Checklist to Help You Decide

You’ve decided you need to hire an attorney to handle your personal injury case. But now you need to narrow down your options.

With so many law firms and attorneys to choose from, how do you zero in on the one who’s best suited to represent you?

We have a tool that may be able to help you decide. Our Personal Injury Attorney checklist  outlines specific questions you should consider asking before deciding which attorney to hire.

First, we suggest narrowing down your initial choices to a few. Once that’s decided, contact each one by phone to set up about 15 minutes to ask the 16 important questions on this checklist. Most will offer these answers free.

You can print this list or read it directly from our website. You may have more questions of your own, but we believe these questions are a good starting point that can help you decide which attorney or law firm will be best for you.

And remember to read “between the lines.” Listen for answers, of course, but also listen for a genuine concern for your issues and willingness to represent you.

Click here for your Personal Injury Attorney checklist.

Insurance Policy Limits Only Covered Part of My Damages. Now What?

What happens when a stubborn millionaire gets behind the wheel while drunk or texts while driving and hits you, but only has minimal insurance coverage that doesn’t even cover all your medical bills?

We don’t think that’s right and the courts don’t either. That’s why, in situations like these, your attorney can sue the other driver and go after “recreational assets,” like large savings accounts, extra cars, fancy boats, or vacation homes.

Basically the court says if the at-fault driver has the extra money to own these things, they can pay for the damages they’ve caused you.

But because the courts also don’t want everyone to go “lawsuit crazy,” the process can be long and arduous, and we don’t recommend trying it without an experienced North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer.

Suing for Damages Above Insurance Limits

Before your attorney can sue the at-fault driver for their assets, you must first go through litigation and a trial. If you win, and the jury awards a verdict in your favor, the insurance company will have to pay. However, the insurance company can only pay what it is under contract to pay (the policy limits), no more.

If a jury agrees that you should be awarded more than the insurance company’s policy limits can pay, that award is known as an “excess verdict.”

The excess verdict is what is owed to you above the limits the insurance company is contracted to pay.

Let’s say, for example, the at-fault driver has a $100,000 policy limit contracted with their insurance company, but your damages total $170,000. The insurance can only pay up to $100,000. That additional $70,000 would fall under the “excess verdict” the jury awarded.

It is only with an excess verdict that you can sue for personal property to help bridge the gap between what the jury awarded you, and what the insurance company paid.

Fortunately, most people buy insurance policies with limits high enough to protect their personal assets. However, in the event of a serious injury, an attorney may seek an excess judgment if there isn’t enough insurance available to cover current and future medical bills. This is particularly true if the at-fault party has significant assets that could be used to satisfy the judgment.

What Properties and Assets Can be Seized?

That being said, even if you are awarded an excess verdict, the at-fault driver has legal rights to protect certain property by claiming exemptions. Moreover, do not be deceived into thinking that just because you sue someone for their property, you will get paid right away. That would be too easy!

Exempt property must fall under certain legal definitions. It includes things like the primary home the at-fault driver owns and lives in, as well as their primary vehicle.

For other non-essential property, like a vacation home, the judgment must be filed in every county where the defendant owns real property. And because the at-fault driver cannot be forced to sell their real estate to pay you right away, that judgment must be renewed every 10 years.

The judgement gives you a lien on the property, and when it is voluntarily sold, then the judgment is paid. It is also worth noting that the judgment does not have priority. It is paid after other lienholders, such as the mortgage company.

If there are other assets that are easier to sell, like trucks, cars, or boats, then the local sheriff can execute the judgment and seize those assets. But you won’t get the full amount of the proceeds. The sheriff is entitled to a percentage of what is made on the sale of those assets.

While each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits, you can undoubtedly begin to see why it can be prudent to work with a legal team experienced in personal injury litigation.

Studies have shown that, on average, car accident victims who hired a personal injury lawyer received 3.5 times1 more compensation for their loss than they would have on their own.

Why Work With the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin?

While each case is different, having a lawyer who thoroughly understands and has experience dealing with North Carolina personal injury law can potentially go a long way toward your financial recovery efforts. So why choose us?

  • We are one of the largest personal injury law firms in our part of the country.
  • We have recovered over $600 million2 gross for more than 30,000 clients since 1997.
  • We have more than 150 staff members, including over 35 attorneys.
  • Several of our lawyers have achieved peer- and client-reviewed designations including Best Lawyers Best Lawyers in America 20173 and Lawyer of the Year 20174; and Super Lawyers Rising Star 20165 and Super Lawyer 20166.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of the things clients have to say about us.

Get FREE Case Evaluations From North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If your car wreck damages exceed the at-fault driver’s insurance limits, we strongly urge you to contact us right now or call 1-866-900-7078. We will evaluate your situation for FREE over the phone or online – 24/7.

 

Insurance Research Council 1999

Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” For information regarding standards for inclusion visit www.bestlawyers.com

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year, making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. For information regarding standards for inclusion visit www.bestlawyers.com

To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Rising Stars undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state-by-state basis. While up to 5% of the lawyers in any state are named “Super Lawyers,” by Super Lawyers magazine, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list. For information regarding standards for inclusion visit www.superlawyers.com

Super Lawyers undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state-by-state basis. For information regarding standards for inclusion visit www.superlawyers.com

 

5 Ways to Help Strengthen (and Maybe Hasten) Your Social Security Disability Case

According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 67% of those who file for their initial Social Security Disability cases end in denial. And 88% of those filing a second time are denied! The third time is not a charm for applicants either, with a 37% denial rate.

What gives?

Clearly, the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a struggle for many. Although Social Security Disability benefits can often be worth the effort, the system can be a complex web of government rules, regulations, and procedures, and understandably, wrought with confusion for those unfamiliar it.

And the wait times can be long too. Currently in Raleigh, for example, the average wait time for a Social Security Disability hearing is 19 months, according to the Social Security Administration’s Hearing Office.

But don’t despair.

We Can Help – NC Board Certified Expertise in Social Security Disability Law



Our NC Social Security Disability attorneys are familiar with the system. Very familiar. One of our attorneys, Rick Fleming, is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability law. Out of the 28,000 North Carolina-licensed lawyers, only 51 in the entire state can make that claim1. Not only is he certified, he’s actually the vice chair of the N.C. State Bar’s Social Security Disability Law Specialty Committee (the entity that certifies attorneys).

And many of our staff members have more than ten years of Social Security Disability experience, including experience with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Disability Determination Services division. They understand what you’re up against.

Although the denial rate is high for Social Security Disability cases and the wait time can be long, there are ways our Social Security Disability lawyers can try to improve your chances for approval.

5 Ways a NC Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help


  1. Wade through the bureaucracy. Our attorneys can help handle the mountains of paperwork, and help ensure rules, timelines, and methods are followed, and deadlines met.
  2. Offer you piece of mind – and time to heal. We can focus on the legal aspects of your situation, which gives you more time and opportunity to focus on healing.
  3. Direct examiners to the most important information. We can help examiners focus on the important issues by highlighting the most critical aspects of your case. Sometimes we’ve found this can increase the chance of more expedient success.Although many people believe they’ve given accurate information, often clients forget about some past medical experiences. Or think they’re unrelated. In Social Security Disability cases, everything counts and our attorneys are skilled at helping you try to file the most compelling claim possible.
  4. Go to court prepared! We know the drill. It’s a process we’ve repeated over many years and we’ve continually honed our process to try to achieve maximum results. We know how to handle the medical records, question witnesses, and interpret the rules and regulations that govern both a court of law and the various Social Security programs.
  1. Increase your chance for a successful outcome. All of the above can increase your chances for success.
    Consider a client of ours who, at first, had been seeking Social Security Disability on his own. After initially being denied, we helped him appeal that decision by presenting additional information about his medical condition before the Social Security Disability Administration. Subsequently, our client’s case was approved2.

Get a FREE Case Evaluation by North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers



You don’t need to stumble through this process alone. We encourage you to contact us.

If you think you can’t afford to hire us to fight for you, think again! We work on a contingency basis, which means if we don’t recover for you, you don’t pay us one penny in attorney’s fees. So don’t hesitate to ask for assistance when it comes to getting the help you need.

If you’re having problems applying for Social Security Disability, or just can’t seem to get approved, click here to contact us or call 1-866-900-7078. Our skilled team will work tirelessly to review and try to improve your chances to finally get you the benefits you may deserve.

1 Figures provided by NC State Bar December 31, 2015

2Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Denied Social Security Disability Benefits? Don’t Give Up. Tony Didn’t

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, don’t be disheartened. Sometimes even the most clearly disabled are denied the first two or even three times.

That was certainly the case with our client, Tony (click here to read his full story).

Tony went from working in a job he loved, to being so disabled after a car accident that he can’t eat, sleep, or even go outside on a sunny day. He vomits almost daily and his headaches are so severe they sometimes cause him to cry. Within a year he dropped from 155 to 123 lbs. – and he’s 6’2”.

Even though he’s disabled by almost anyone’s definition, the Social Security Disability administration denied him benefits. Twice. But he didn’t give up and neither did we. It took some relentless work, but eventually we won him disability benefits1 – including back-due benefits – and he became immediately eligible for Medicare.

Don’t Give Up After Being Denied Benefits

The moral of this story is that it’s not unusual to be denied benefits the first or even the second time you apply. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, 67% of Social Security Disability applicants applying for benefits are denied the first time around, and 88% are denied the second time.

Sometimes All You Need Is Experienced Legal Help

A good Social Security Disability lawyer who is familiar with the system may be able to help you through the complicated and cumbersome process and may even potentially speed up your claim.

Think you can’t afford to hire an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer? Think again.

Many, like our firm, work on contingency, which means you don’t pay us one penny in attorney’s fees unless we get you your benefits. Don’t give up because you are frustrated or because you think you cannot afford legal help.

Get a FREE Case Evaluation from our NC Social Security Disability Attorneys

If you are disabled, ask one of our Social Security Disability lawyers if they think they can help before you wade through the disability process alone.

One of our Social Security Disability attorneys is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. Out of the 28,000 licensed North Carolina lawyers, only 51 can make that claim2. That same attorney also happens to be vice chair of the N.C. State Bar’s Social Security Disability Law Specialty Committee.

Yet all of our Social Security Disability lawyers and paralegals know their way around the system and its processes. It’s what they do. And helping those in need is their passion. If you’ve been denied once, twice, or even three times, don’t give up. Contact us instead. Better yet, contact us before you apply. We are here to fight for the benefits you may rightly deserve. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your situation.

 

1Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

2Figures provided by NC State Bar December 31, 2015