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Which NC Workers’ Comp Attorney Should You Choose? (5 Reasons to Consider Us)

In our business, it’s not always about just lawyering. It’s about helping people as much as we can in any way we can.

Work injuries have a terrible way of impacting important areas of your life – your health, your job, your finances, and your family.

We know. We work with injured workers every day and we see their struggles. That’s why we put compassion over case numbers. The firm began that way, and even though we’ve grown to nearly 200 staff including roughly 40 attorneys, that needle hasn’t budged.

  1. Compassion That’s Real

We had one client that was out of work and getting workers’ comp checks. As is often the case in workers’ compensation cases, she started to have financial troubles because she was only receiving the statutorily mandated 66% percent of her average weekly wage. She had to give up her car, and she was about to lose her home to foreclosure. She wasn’t doing well, and her efforts to avoid a crisis weren’t working. She tried to refinance her home on her own, but she needed help. The firm worked with her mortgage company, and she was able to keep her home. Crisis averted. With her settlement money1, she bought a car to replace the one she lost.

Next, her injury had to be addressed. While working on her case she was referred to get a medical evaluation, but her insurance company denied that visit. It was obvious to us she needed the evaluation. The firm decided to set up an appointment for her to visit a doctor, and we got a treatment plan accepted by the insurance company1. Things began to turn around.

When you’ve been injured on the job, you shouldn’t also have to worry about whether the insurance company is going to treat you fairly. That's why our firm was founded – to assertively advance the cases of clients in the face of adversity.

  1. Formidable Size, Personable Attention

Fighting for justice is not just our job – it’s our passion. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us motived day in and day out.

We believe this is among the reasons we’re now one of the largest personal injury law firms in North Carolina. More than 30,000 people just like you have turned to us when faced with injustice, whether workers’ compensation, car accidents, personal injury, Social Security Disability, or eminent domain.

While we have been known to be a formidable force to reckon with in courtrooms and mediation, we maintain a personal and personable one-on-one relationship with each individual client. Why? Because our clients like it that way. And so do we.

One of the best compliments we can get from our clients is when they refer family and friends to us.

We handled a case for a client who fell and suffered significant and permanent injuries. When we settled her case1, she was overwhelmed by how we took care of her. She told us she considered us family. Clients often tell us they feel as though they are part of the James Scott Farrin family.

And we oftentimes get referrals based on this “family style” atmosphere. Referrals are a big part of our business coming from clients, friends, and family members. And we have some stellar results to show for the good work we do. We’ve recovered over:

  • $700 million total for over 30,000 clients since 19971
  • $100 million total for over 3,000 clients in 2016 alone1

These figures don’t include $1.25 billion1,2 we helped 18,400 farmers recover against the U.S. government in a historic class action case.

  1. Peer and Client Recognitions that Set Us Apart

When you choose us, you are choosing a recognized Tier 1-ranked U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 20173 firm – the highest ranking possible.

Some of our workers’ comp lawyers have won awards and achieved peer- and client-reviewed designations for 2017, including Best Lawyers in America, “Best Lawyers”4 and “Lawyer of the Year”5; and Super Lawyers Magazine “Super Lawyers.”6

More than half the attorneys in our workers’ comp department are North Carolina board certified in workers’ comp. Board certification is the highest level of specialization available in NC, and only a very small percentage of NC attorneys can make that claim. Out of the more than 28,000 attorneys licensed in North Carolina only 140 attorneys are NC board certified in workers’ compensation law – that’s less than 1%7.

One of our workers’ comp attorneys is a former North Carolina state senator and former Deputy Commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Others used to work for workers’ compensation defense firms for the insurance companies, and several of our paralegals and other administrative staff have worked for insurance companies, themselves.

  1. Workers’ Comp Advocates On and Off the Job

Advocating through various professional and community service organizations is something important to us. From teaching at local colleges to counseling the Spanish-speaking community, we’re always looking to partner with others to improve our communities.

The vast majority of our workers’ comp attorneys are members of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of legal representation in our state. And we’re proud of that because it’s an important way that we show that we care for those living in our communities.

  1. Empathy Is in Our Cultural DNA

While we could go on discussing the many achievements, accolades, and designations of our attorneys and staff, and highlighting all their credentials, what I really think sets our firm apart is: we just hire good people.

I’ll never forget something Jim Farrin, our president and firm founder, said when I was hired. “We don’t hire jerks.”

Of course, we make conscientious decisions about who we hire based on professional abilities. But we also value the ability to empathize with people, address a client’s dire predicament, and try to get fair and just results for them.

Empathy at this firm is not icing on the cake. It’s in the batter – in our cultural DNA.

The firm goes to great lengths to try to make the lives of our clients better. Going through a major injury is a big deal. We look at clients’ circumstances as if it were happening to our brother, sister, or any family member. What would we do for our loved one if they were injured? I could tell you countless stories about times we’ve sent flowers to our clients who might have lost a loved one or who’ve celebrated a marriage or a new child, but it goes back to one quality – empathy.

We also take care of each other.

The young daughter of one of our employees was living in South America with her grandparents. The employee is the breadwinner for her family in South America, and she would regularly send money to them. Meanwhile, she was trying to save enough money hoping to be able to afford the expense of bringing her daughter to the United States to live with her. As you can imagine, she missed her daughter terribly. Without this employee’s knowledge, firm employees got together and raised the money to bring her daughter from South America to the United States to finally be reunited with her mother.

They just wanted to do that. That’s the kind of people we are here at James Scott Farrin – real human beings who care.

Questions to Ask Any Workers’ Comp Attorney

Whichever firm you choose, just make sure it is the right fit for you, personally, and for your workers’ comp circumstances. Here is a list of questions we have put together to ask potential attorneys when selecting a workers’ comp attorney.

NC Workers’ Comp Attorneys Offer FREE Case Evaluation

We hope this information has been helpful in determining what we believe sets us apart. Feel free to contact us about your situation, or call us at 1-866-900-7078. We’ll do our best to try to determine if we can help you.

 

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.

2 Re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin led a team of firms to recover $1.25 billion for African-American farmers from the U. S. government for discrimination.

3 Designation was for Workers Compensation practice in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area. For more information regarding Best Law Firms standards for inclusion, visit www.usnews.com.

4, 5 For more information regarding standards for inclusion for “Best Lawyer” and “Lawyer of the Year,” visit www.bestlawyers.com.

6 For more information regarding standards for inclusion for “Super Lawyer,” visit www.superlawyers.com.

7 Figures by the NC State Bar December 2016.

Client identities have been removed or changed to protect their privacy.

 

Can I Get Paid for Pain and Suffering in NC if I’m Injured at Work?

I’ve represented a lot of injured workers in my 10+ years as a North Carolina worker’s compensation lawyer. One of the top three questions I am asked when speaking with a new client is whether they are entitled to receive benefits for pain and suffering associated with their injury.

The simple answer is, like most states, North Carolina worker’s compensation laws do not provide pain and suffering benefits for injured workers.

But I advise them to take heart. All is not lost.

There are other benefits available under the North Carolina worker’s compensation legal system that provide for losses injured workers suffer. It’s a matter of semantics. While these benefits are not specifically earmarked as “pain and suffering,” clients can potentially receive compensation for things other than their injuries.

But before we get into what pain and suffering is, let’s talk about what you can get paid for.

The benefits available under North Carolina Worker’s Compensation laws are intended to cover medical expenses to treat injuries from work accidents and wages lost as a result of the work injury. In the worker’s comp world, we generally call these benefits “medical compensation” and “indemnity compensation.”

Getting Paid for Medical Compensation

Medical compensation is intended to cover all the medical benefits that are reasonable and necessary and related to a workers’ compensation injury. If your employer or their insurance company agree that they are responsible for your injury, then they are responsible for paying the medical bills.

These medical benefits cover your expenses fully (nothing out of your pocket) and there are no co-pays or deductibles as with private health insurance. They will even reimburse you for gas money to and from your appointments (but don’t expect them to necessarily tell you that up front).

Additionally, medical compensation can cover future medical expenses associated with the injury once you have healed from the original injury. However, there are lots of twists and turns associated with what employers could be responsible for paying.

What is Indemnity Compensation?

Indemnity means payment from loss of wages, for example, as a result of your injury. Once you have healed, if your injury is permanent, there is a benefit available for that permanent injury. The types of benefits you might be entitled to in indemnity compensation can be highly variable depending on the type of injury, how long it prevents you from working, and whether the injury is permanent in nature.

We urge anyone who is having indemnity compensation issues with their workers’ comp insurance company to contact one of our worker’s comp attorneys.

What Does Pain and Suffering Mean?

Pain and suffering is a physical or mental pain or discomfort stemming from your injuries. It could be that you can’t sleep at night because your slipped disc keeps you up from pain. This could cause you to trudge through your days, tired, short-tempered, less cognitively alert. You may have stopped your morning workout routine due to the injury and lack of sleep. Maybe your marriage is suffering as a result, and your family life, too. Anything that has decreased your enjoyment of life as you knew it before the accident can qualify as pain and suffering. Maybe you’ve had to stop volunteering or taking classes because you’re in pain, tired all the time, and can’t focus.

But, you reason, this is not the real you. You only became this tired, grouchy, depressed, constantly-in-pain person as a direct result of the accident you suffered at work. You should be compensated for this very real quality-of- life loss.

Good point. But here’s the trade-off as the workers’ comp system sees it.

Why Can’t I Get Paid for Pain and Suffering?

Workers’ comp was designed to resolve claims between injured workers and their employers quickly and efficiently.

Employees don’t have to prove their employers were at fault, so that makes it easier for them to obtain workers' compensation benefits. That’s good news for the employee.

On the other hand, the trade-off is that employer compensation is usually limited to payments for medical bills and wage loss – not such nebulous things as pain and suffering, which could open a can of worms and leave a lot of room for interpretation and “he said she said.”

However, an experienced workers’ comp attorney can help you classify your issues
to pursue potential payment from legally defined and acceptable options.

For example, if your injuries have developed into a mental or emotional disorder, you might be able to recover for this through worker’s comp. If, for example, you were diagnosed with depression as a result of dealing with all the issues mentioned in the scenario above, you may be able to receive benefits. However, these are potentially considered separate grounds for filing worker’s comp claims and recovering benefits. We urge anyone who finds themselves in this scenario to contact a worker’s comp lawyer.

There are other avenues to pursue compensation for your injuries, too. Avenues you should explore with us (or any knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney):

  • Defective products. If there’s evidence that a defective product caused your injury, we could sue for products liability against the manufacturer of the product. Were you driving a vehicle with a Takata airbag, for example?
  • Toxic substances. Sometimes injured workers can be compensated by bringing a tort lawsuit against the manufacturer of the toxin. Think asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
  • Was your employer’s conduct intentional and substantially certain to cause serious injury or death of an employee? If we can prove that, we can file a personal injury lawsuit against them.
  • You could also bring a personal injury lawsuit against a third party if, for example, you were making a work delivery and were hit by another vehicle.
  • If your employer does not carry workers’ comp insurance, you could potentially sue your employer for that. With very few exceptions, The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act requires that all businesses that employ three or more employees carry workers’ compensation insurance.

Are you beginning to see why we urge injured workers to contact an experienced North Carolina worker’s compensation lawyer? There are so many nuances in workers’ compensation law – too many for the average person to know and understand.

An NC Board Certified Worker’s Compensation attorney can try to make sure that you receive all the workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to. Out of the 28,000 lawyers licensed in North Carolina, only 140 claim that designation in worker’s compensation law*. And we have seven of them who practice right here at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

Get a FREE Case Evaluation From NC Workers Comp Lawyers

If you are injured in a work accident, we strongly urge you to contact a worker’s compensation attorney to determine whether you have received all the benefits you may deserve. Your health, your job, and possibly, future benefits could be at stake.

Click here or call us at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

P.S. If you think you can’t afford to hire a qualified workers' comp attorney consider this. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we work on a contingency basis, so you don't owe us an attorney's fee if we don't get you compensation for your claim.

 

*Figures provided by the N.C. State Bar as of December, 2016.

Contact Information

Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078