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Workers’ Comp Benefits Stopped for No Reason? That May Be Against the Law.

By Michael F. Roessler

We’ve seen and experienced our share of insurance horror stories – the deceptions, delay and deny tactics, even outright lies in some cases. So many in fact that we developed a book called Insurance Companies (and Others) Behaving Badly.Insurance Companies (and Others) Behaving Badly

So it is not surprising to us when a client contacts us because they’ve been abruptly and for no apparent reason cut off from receiving medical treatment or cut off from their paychecks.

Unfortunately, this can be an all too typical scenario:

You’ve been hurt at work, and the insurance company has been paying for your medical treatment. Then, one day, your medical treatment stops. The doctor’s office calls to tell you that your appointments have been canceled and they will no longer have your prescriptions refilled.

Dumbfounded, you call the adjuster from the insurance company assigned to your case to find out what’s going on. She tells you, “We’ve closed your file.”

What gives? Can the insurance company do that? Can they just stop your medical treatment without your knowledge?

No. But that doesn’t mean they won’t try.

The experienced workers’ comp attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin are here to fight for you when an insurance company tries to take advantage of you and deny you the benefits you may potentially be owed. We suspect some insurance companies are banking on the fact that you don’t know they can’t do that.

Your insurance company cannot close your case just because they no longer want to pay for doctor appointments or send you regular checks.

But just like other types of infractions, that does not stop them from trying to get away with it. Sadly, some do.

Your Right to Medical Treatment as an Injured Worker

If the insurance company has accepted responsibility to pay for your injury, the law requires them to pay for the medical treatment recommended by your doctor. Sometimes, however, the doctor’s recommendations may be expensive and the insurance company may not want to pay. We have seen such circumstances in which the insurance company has canceled appointments outright, putting the onus on the injured worker to challenge them. (That is when many turn to us for help.)

But they don’t have the right to just cut you off. You have the right to get the medical treatment you need to heal so you can try to get back to work. Sometimes, you may be forced to hire an attorney to fight for you to protect that right.

Your Right to Treatment May Extend to 2 Years after You’re Declared “Healed”

If an insurance company tries to deny you medical treatment, the attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin can request that a workers’ compensation judge order the insurance company to pay for the treatment you need to try to get better.

Depending on the facts of your case, you may also have a right to get medical treatment for your work injury up to two years after your last doctor’s visit. This is important to know because even though you and your doctor may initially think you are fully healed from a work injury your condition might worsen over time. We see this happen a lot.

If that happens to you, you may have the right to go back to the doctor for up to two years after the last date the insurance company paid for any treatment.

What we’ve seen happen to some injured workers is that when they contacted their insurance company within that two-year timeframe, they were told their case had been closed.

Your right to medical care might continue for two more years even after your treating doctor says he has nothing more to offer.

Your Right to a Second Opinion

Injured workers like you also have the right to request a second opinion from another doctor. We typically urge our clients to take advantage of this opportunity. If the request is approved, a second opinion can help to try to make sure nothing has been missed and no other treatment is available that might help improve your condition.

The insurance company may try to ignore your request for a second opinion and try to tell you after your doctor releases you that your case is closed.

Your Right to Benefits Checks

Insurance companies can’t close your case because they’re tired of sending you a benefits check every week. In most all circumstances, once the insurance company starts sending you a weekly benefits check, they must continue to send that check until you’ve returned to work or the insurance company has been given permission by the North Carolina Industrial Commission to stop the checks. Even then, you may have the right to start getting the benefits checks again if you have to go out of work. The insurance company can’t close your case just because they stopped your check once.

Can Your Workers’ Comp Case be Closed Without Your Knowledge?

The only time your case can be closed without your knowledge is when more than two years has passed from the time you either made the claim or benefits were last paid. This is the statute of limitations in workers’ compensation cases.

Don’t fall victim to delay, deny, and defend tactics of some insurance companies.

NC Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Offer FREE Case Evaluation

If you have questions about whether your case has been closed for any reason, we advise you to contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

The sooner you contact us after your job injury the better. We can try to answer your questions about your situation. Any delay in contacting us could give your adjuster a chance to deny, delay, or potentially stop benefits.

Based on our team’s 150 years of combined experience, it is almost always a good idea to speak with us about your circumstances. Our confidential case evaluations are free, and you may learn that you’re entitled to more than the insurance company claims.

If you’ve been injured in a work accident or know someone who has, contact us today or call 1-866-900-7078 to learn how a workers’ compensation lawyer from the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin could potentially benefit you.

Can I Get Fired for Filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim?

By Doug Berger

Many injured workers are afraid if they file a workers’ compensation claim they’ll be fired. You cannot be fired for making a workers’ compensation claim. Not legally, anyway. But it happens. A lot.

I’ve seen it happen over and over for more than 22 years in the worker’s compensation field. I saw it when I was Deputy Commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission where, for 10 years, I presided over 500 hearings for workers’ compensation disputes. (The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) is the impartial agency that administers and enforces workers' compensation laws.)

North Carolina worker’s compensation laws were designed to help protect injured workers. I should know. I helped write some of our state’s worker’s compensation laws as a four-term North Carolina senator.

Yet unfortunately, some employers do sometimes bend and break these laws. And it is not uncommon for an employer to fire an injured worker who makes a claim.

If you were my sister and you were injured on the job, I would arm wrestle you until you cried UNCLE and promised to contact a lawyer. (What can I say, I’m a rebel. Read my bio.) Experience tells me you’re frequently on the losing side of a worker’s comp claim without a lawyer. Being on the losing side can put you and your family in a downward spiral fast. I’ve seen these spirals and they’re ugly. Even more frustrating, many of these spirals could potentially have been prevented with the right legal guidance.

File a Complaint with the N.C. Department of Labor

If you believe you have been fired for making a worker’s compensation claim, file a complaint with the North Carolina Department of Labor. You can’t obtain the legal right to sue your employer for wrongfully terminating you without filing this complaint first. And you must make sure you file the complaint so that the Department of Labor receives it within 180 days from the date you alleged your employer retaliated against you for making a workers’ compensation claim.

Click here for instructions on how to file a complaint with the N.C. Department of Labor.

Even if you do file a complaint, you may still have an uphill battle ahead of you. What our firm has experienced over our many years of representing injured workers is, the Department of Labor will most likely do a minimal investigation and then close your file. Of course, they will likely interview the employer to determine what they “claim” was the basis for your termination. As you might expect, employers typically will not admit they terminated you because you made a workers’ compensation claim. They know that is illegal. More than likely they will defend their termination by alleging misconduct or some such similar claim.

(Are you beginning to see why we suggest you contact a workers’ compensation lawyer?)

Document. Document. Document.

Another important thing to consider. Document anything and everything related to your termination grievance. Document all evidence related to your injury and your employment (including past reviews, especially if they are positive), emails, and anything that supports your case.

Your “Right to Sue”

While the North Carolina Department of Labor rarely takes an employer to court for wrongful termination, they may at least issue you a “right to sue” letter. You then have the legal right to take your employer directly to court to have a jury decide whether your employer retaliated against you because you filed a worker’s comp claim. If you prevail, you may win your job reinstatement and receive back lost wages.

This is another area of workers’ comp law where you would be prudent to hire a lawyer, as this reinstatement does not always bode well for the reinstated employee. We’ve seen some who have been “reinstated” only to be fired again for any number of reasons. Since North Carolina is an “at will” state, your employer can fire you for no reason (with some exceptions).

Being Fired Under Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

When can your employer legally fire you for being out of work? When you have remained out of work due to a workplace injury.

As long as workers who are out of work due to workplace injuries are treated the same as employees who are out of work for non-work related injuries, the North Carolina Department of Labor does not consider such a termination a violation of the law. Employers generally terminate employees who are unable to return to work after they exhaust their Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. In this particular instance, while you may not be able to keep your job, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits until you are able to find a new job.

There are so many nuances and ways to interpret workers’ compensation law. And there are many good workers’ compensation lawyers in North Carolina. If you do decide to hire one, click here to download key questions to ask before making your choice. Here are just some of the things we believe set us apart.

What Makes the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Different?

Our firm was named one of the “Best Law Firms” for workers’ compensation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the greater Raleigh area1 in 2017. This recognition is based on client and peer reviews. We have strength in numbers and strength in knowledge.

  • Many of our workers’ comp attorneys have been acknowledged by colleagues and peers. They are often asked to speak at seminars for other workers’ compensation attorneys. Others are accomplished authors of scholarly articles and two have received coveted awards for workers’ compensation, including Best Lawyers “Best Lawyers in America 3” for 2017. One was named NC Super Lawyers Magazine’s “Super Lawyer4” four times (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year5” for Raleigh twice, (2015 and 2017).
  • More than half our workers’ comp attorneys are N.C. Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation law. This N.C. State Bar certification denotes a high level of proficiency in a particular practice area, and less than 4% of attorneys licensed in N.C. can make that claim2.
  • We have two former North Carolina Industrial Commissioners.
  • As stated earlier, I was a four-term North Carolina State Senator for eight years and helped write some of North Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws.
  • Our attorneys are champions of the people. Many of them joined our side because they are advocates for those without a voice. And that is often the injured worker. Of our 13 workers’ comp attorneys, 12 are members of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of legal representation in our state. Many are active members in their communities – from teaching at local colleges, to counseling the Hispanic/Latino community.

N.C. Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Offer FREE Case Evaluation

If your employer terminates you while you have a workers’ compensation claim, or even if you think you might be fired as a result, contact us. Even if you are fired while receiving treatment, stop to consider if your employer may be firing you because of your claim.

We have been in the workers’ comp industry a long time – always championing the individual worker over the employer or insurance company.

I won’t attempt to arm wrestle you and make you cry UNCLE, but I do urge you make a call to our firm if you suffered a work related injury.  A phone call costs nothing, and our confidential case evaluations are free.

If you’ve been injured in a work accident contact us today or call 1-866-900-7078 to learn how a workers’ compensation lawyer from the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin could potentially benefit you. 

1 Visit www.bestlawfirms.com for more information about criteria for inclusion

2 Figures from the N.C. State Bar as of December 2016

3,5 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.bestlawyers.com

 4 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.superlawyers.com

I’ve Been Given a Workers’ Comp Rating. Should I Close My Case?

Workers Compensation Attorney North CarolinaBy Jacob Goad

One of the questions we often hear from injured workers is whether they should accept what the workers’ comp insurance company is offering to pay them, based on a rating of the injured person’s body part or parts.

That’s a good question. The answer can often depend on your unique circumstances. And sometimes on how much a doctor knows about North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) ratings guidelines. We had a case a while back that illustrates this point.

A hip replacement is generally considered to be worth a 40% rating, according to NCIC guidelines. Surprisingly, not all doctors know about these NCIC guidelines. One doctor who did not know about the NCIC guidelines gave our client a rating significantly below 40% for a hip replacement. We sent the client for a second opinion with a knowledgeable doctor who assigned the more appropriate rating of 40%.

Just about every body part that you can imagine is named in the Workers’ Compensation Act, and is given a value in weeks of compensation. Here’s an illustration of hand, arm, leg, eye, hearing, and foot injury ratings, according to the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) ratings guidelines. (It is interesting, and in my opinion somewhat disturbing, to know that every finger on your hand has a value.)

NCIC Payments for Various Body Parts

Thumb 75 weeks Arm 240 weeks
First or index finger 45 weeks Foot 144 weeks
Second or middle finger 40 weeks Leg 200 weeks
Third or ring finger 25 weeks Eye 120 weeks
Fourth or little finger 20 weeks Hearing (one ear) 70 weeks
Great toe 35 weeks Hearing (both ears) 150 weeks
Any other toe 10 weeks Back 300 weeks
Hand 200 weeks

Whether You Should Settle Depends on Your Circumstances

Many people contact us with questions about whether they should settle based on a rating, and the answer to that question will vary depending on your circumstances. Here are some of the things we consider:

  1. Do you intend to continue working with the employer where your injury occurred?
  2. Are you receiving a weekly check from the workers’ compensation company?
  3. Do you have a substantial need of medical treatment?
  4. Have you undergone a functional capacity evaluation, and has your employer offered you employment that is appropriate for your injury?
  5. Have you been informed about your rights to file a Form 18M (an Employee’s Application for Additional Medical Compensation)?
  6. Is the impairment rating given by the doctor (often chosen by the insurance company) reasonable in light of your injury?
  7. Would you benefit from a second opinion by another doctor that is agreed upon by both you and the insurance company, and is paid for by the insurance company?

When You Settle Your Workers’ Comp Claim

The first step to resolving a case based solely on an impairment rating is by signing a Form 26A.  A Form 26A is an employer’s admission of the employee’s right to permanent partial disability to a body part or parts. We urge you to contact an experienced workers’ comp attorney before settling on a rating. You simply don’t know what you don’t know. One recent case comes to mind that illustrates this point.

We represented an injured worker who enjoyed her job and was looking forward to going back to it. The workers’ comp insurance company stood in the way of that goal however. Its guidelines for a full settlement of the claim stated that you must also resign from the company where you were working when you got hurt. Our client did not want to resign. So she decided to settle based on a rating alone. This would not have been in her best interest, so we embarked on extensive research that uncovered a gold nugget of information, which subsequently favored our client. Because of this new information, our client received much more than she would have otherwise based on her rating alone*. And she got to go back to a job she loved!

N.C. Workers’ Comp Lawyers Offer Free Case Evaluation

Case evaluations are free. Furthermore, we work on a contingency basis, which means if we don’t get you compensation, you don’t owe us an attorney’s fee. We urge you to contact us if you are considering settling based on a rating – or settling period.

PS…There are lots of good N.C. workers’ comp attorneys you could choose from. Here are five important reasons we believe you should consider hiring us.

*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. Client identity has been removed or changed to protect client’s privacy.

N.C. Workers’ Compensation Settlements: Proceed With Caution!

North Carolina Workers Comp AttorneysBy Ryan Bliss

At some point, most injured workers receive a phone call from the workers’ compensation insurance company asking whether they’re ready to settle their case. Maybe you’ve already received that call…

If so, it’s probably a good time to consult a James Scott Farrin workers’ compensation attorney. More than half our workers’ comp attorneys are NC Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation law. This is the highest level of specialization available in N.C., and only a small percentage of N.C. attorneys can make that claim. Very small.

Navigating the twists and turns of the North Carolina workers’ compensation system is hard enough while your case is still open. But when you receive that phone call, you’ve got a whole new set of issues to consider. This is your livelihood we’re talking about. You don’t want to make any decisions you later regret. And when it comes to determining the “value” of your case, Facebook said it best:

IT’S COMPLICATED!

Do all workers’ comp cases settle?

First thing’s first. It’s important for every injured worker in North Carolina to understand that not all workers’ compensation cases settle. There is no requirement that your case should eventually settle, and you can’t force a workers’ compensation insurance company to offer a settlement. In fact, based on my experience, some injured workers are better off leaving their cases open. That being said, many cases do eventually resolve by “clincher” agreement. This means the insurance company offers a lump sum of money to an injured worker in return for a full and final settlement of their case. A clincher (or settlement agreement) typically closes the case in full, including all medical treatment and wage replacement benefits.

If you find yourself considering a settlement, BE CAREFUL! Before making any big decisions, there are two important issues you should examine.

Is it a good time to settle your case?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Every workers’ compensation case is different. Based on my opinion, however, for most cases, the best time to settle is after your major medical treatment has concluded. If the insurance company pushes you toward a settlement too quickly, they may be unable to reasonably evaluate the value of your case. This can result in lowball settlement offers, which typically do more harm than good.

Additionally, there are many other benefits you may or may not be receiving, which can adversely affect (or be adversely affected by) a workers’ compensation settlement. Social Security Disability benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, and even private disability/health insurance plans can cause complicated legal issues when it comes time to settle your workers’ compensation case. All of these issues must be carefully considered in order to determine whether settlement is a good idea, based on your particular set of circumstances.

What is the “value” of your case?

Once you decide it’s a good time to settle your case, there’s still another looming question that will need to be answered: How much?

My job as a workers’ compensation attorney would be a lot easier if there was a magic “settlement calculator,” but unfortunately, it doesn’t exist. In order to determine the reasonable value of your claim, an experienced professional will typically consider the following:

  • The cost of your future medical treatment
  • The likelihood that your injury will prevent you from returning to work in some capacity down the road
  • Any decreased earning potential resulting from your injury

Additionally, you may be entitled to an award for a permanent partial disability rating to your injured body part or parts. This is typically determined by your doctor. The calculation associated with this potential award is set by statute in North Carolina.

James Scott Farrin workers’ comp attorneys are trained to help you weigh the pros and cons of settling your case. If you decide to move forward with settlement, your attorney can then help you negotiate with the insurance company in order to try to maximize the amount you could potentially receive. Regardless of whether or not you decide to retain an attorney, when it comes to settling your workers’ compensation case, proceed with caution.

North Carolina Workers’ Comp Lawyers Offer FREE Case Evaluation

Workers’ comp is complicated to navigate. We urge you to consult with us if you have any questions whatsoever.

If you think you can't afford a workers’ comp lawyer, you may be surprised. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis to try to help our clients navigate the best course of action for their unique situation.

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Hurt on the Job? Forms That Need to be Completed for Possible Compensation

When you’re injured on the job in North Carolina, it’s enough to deal with just trying to recover. Let alone, trying to put food on the table and pay the light bill while you’re not able to work.

In order to try to help make those payments and to propel your worker’s comp claim from one step to the next, the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) will play a key role in your claims process. It is the state agency responsible for ensuring that you, your employer, and its insurance company are all playing by the rules and treating each other fair and square.

We know these rules from first-hand experience. Two of our workers’ compensation lawyers, Doug Berger and Matthew Harbin were formerly NCIC commissioners presiding over workers’ comp hearings. As a former four-term N.C. state senator, Mr. Berger helped write some of our workers’ compensation laws.

As with many large bureaucratic agencies, you will be required to fill out a number of forms during the course of your claim. Strict deadlines apply. If your forms are late, you can lose your claim rights.

People can often be confused and intimidated as to which forms to fill out and why. We get it. We fill them out all day every day. That’s one of the conveniences of having a workers’ compensation lawyer handle your case.

If you do not have a workers’ comp lawyer working on your behalf, and you’ve decided to try to tackle your claim on your own, we have compiled a list of some of the more common forms the North Carolina Industrial Commission requires.

NCIC Workers’ Compensation Forms

File Immediately After a Work Injury

Form 18

Your report of the injury. A Form 18 should be filed with the NCIC as soon as possible, but no later than two years from your date of injury. You should notify your employer immediately after you are injured, or as soon as is practical, and within 30 days of your injury. This form lets the NCIC and your employer know that you are requesting to be compensated for your injuries. If you do not file within the 30-day deadline (which begins the day you were injured), your claim may be dismissed after a period of time.

Form 19

Your employer’s report of the injury. Form 19 must be filed within five days of the employer’s knowledge that you were injured. Do not assume your employer will file this claim or file it within the deadline. We have seen employees’ claims get bogged down right from the start because this form was not filed or not filed on time. If you are able, we suggest you follow up, as there is no penalty to the employer if they do not file.

File to Determine Benefits Status and Amount

Form 60

If your employer accepts the claim, they need to file a Form 60 admitting responsibility and agreeing to pay full workers’ comp benefits (wage loss benefits and medical treatment).

Form 61

If your employer denies responsibility for your injury, they need to file a Form 61 stating the reasons why they are denying responsibility.

Form 62

Your employer or insurance carrier should file a Form 62 to make modifications to your weekly benefit amounts and the reasons for doing so.

Form 63

A Form 63 allows your workers’ comp insurance carrier to pay some of your medical bills, while they investigate your claim. However it does not obligate them to accept responsibility for your injury or to pay wage loss benefits.

File for Mileage Reimbursement

Form 25T

The insurance company may not always mention this mileage benefit to you. You should be aware that you are allowed reimbursement for mileage to medical appointments when you have to drive more than 20 miles round trip.

Returning to Work

Form 26A

Be vigilant when signing Form 26A. This form is typically used when you are able to continue working for your employer in your pre-injury job after your medical treatment has concluded. The insurance company fills out Form 26A utilizing the information from your doctor’s assigned permanent partial impairment rating. You will receive a lump sum based on a statutory formula, which is based on your weekly compensation rate and the part of your body that was injured. We have handled thousands of workers’ comp settlements. We can tell you from experience that it is prudent to have a worker’s comp lawyer on your side when finalizing your settlement amount.

We guarantee you the insurance company has their own lawyers to call on when
determining your settlement amount.

Request an NCIC Hearing

Form 33

If you believe you require a hearing before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, you can file Form 33 to request one.  Be forewarned. Your employer and the insurance company will almost certainly be represented by attorneys who will fight for their rights which could include not paying you benefits.

We do not recommend you go through an NCIC hearing without your own workers’ comp attorney to help try to even the battlefield on your behalf.

You Can Afford a James Scott Farrin Workers’ Comp Lawyer

Many of our clients come to us after trying to negotiate the workers’ comp bureaucracy with its many forms, deadlines, and confusing and seemingly conflicting information on their own. While we have helped many who threw in the towel mid-process, we suggest injured workers come to us right after their injury. You can see why. The NCIC clock starts ticking on Day 1 of your injury.

Our contingency fee is the same whether you hire us from the beginning, middle, or toward the end. So you might as well take full advantage and hire us from the start. If we take your case, you don't pay an attorney's fee unless we recover compensation for you. And you only pay a percentage of the money you potentially recover.

If we don't recover for you, we won't charge you an attorney's fee.

NC Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Offer Free Evaluation

Of the more than 28,000 attorneys who are licensed in North Carolina, only 140 are N.C. Board Certified in workers’ compensation law*. Several of our workers’ comp attorneys are NC Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation law.

If you have been injured on the job, take full advantage of the experience we have to offer. Don’t wait. Contact us right after your injury for a free case evaluation. As you can see, the forms alone are a lot to deal with, and we’d love to help you fight for the compensation you potentially deserve.

Contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 for your FREE case evaluation.

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

 

Is it Too Late to Hire a North Carolina Workers’ Comp Lawyer?

There are many reasons people may choose not to contact or hire an attorney during the course of their workers’ compensation case. Some people are afraid of losing their jobs or feel intimidated by their employers. Some feel that they are getting adequate medical care and receiving a weekly check, and therefore do not see the value of contacting an attorney.

When Problems Arise During a Worker’s Comp Case

Problems can arise at any time during a workers’ comp case. Unfortunately, too often, injured workers may become more aware of these problems at or near the end of a case. Those who do not seek legal advice are faced with the prospect of dealing with the insurance companies on their own, and without knowing their rights. That’s an outmanned battle.

It is never too early or too late to contact an attorney to discuss your particular situation. But what we have often found is it is generally better to get an attorney involved earlier on, when appropriate, to make sure your workers’ compensation rights are complied with by the insurance company – and your employer.

If, however, you don’t seek legal guidance from the beginning, we strongly urge you to consider hiring an attorney when settlement time comes. Just because things may go smoothly and your weekly checks are being sent, we’ve seen the tides turn dramatically when settlement money is on the table.

Workers’ Comp Laws Can Be Lengthy and Complex

No one should ever attempt to resolve or settle their case with a workers’ compensation insurance company without knowing and understanding their rights under the law. Many clients have questions that, without an attorney’s guidance, are nearly impossible to answer because there are literally thousands of pages of North Carolina workers’ compensation laws and just as many interpretations of those laws. Moreover, many insurance companies have at their disposal entire departments full of lawyers and other professionals who are trained to try to settle for as little money as possible.

That is why we strongly urge injured workers to contact, not just a worker’s comp law firm, but one with lawyers experienced in N.C. worker’s compensation law. Decisions that are made at and near the end of a workers’ compensation case can have a huge impact on the rest of an injured worker’s life and the lives of their family members. An attorney may be able to identify and help resolve problems that lead to a better result for the injured worker.

Ways Some Insurance Companies Minimize Settlement Payouts

There are all kinds of ways some insurance companies may try to minimize your settlement payout – and you may not even realize they are doing it. Bullying is a favorite settlement tactic with some workers’ comp insurance companies.

We had a client* who is over the age of 65. He could not drive and he walked with a cane. He was on Social Security retirement with multiple injuries and restrictions…and he had a limited education. His insurance company wanted him to try vocational rehabilitation to see if he could find a job, but the chances of that happening were slim. But, we believe they knew that already. I wonder if their intention was to stress our client to the point that he’d take the offer that was on the table. His case is an example of how some insurance companies will seemingly try to bully our clients into accepting their offer.

Stonewalling is another approach we’ve seen some use. We feature a story* in our free booklet, Insurance Companies (and others) Behaving Badly about an insurance adjuster who waited months before responding to an injured worker. When we got involved and reached the adjuster, she made light of the fact that she had ignored our client, and said she would make a decision in two weeks. Two weeks?

Attorneys do not create rights. Your rights under the workers compensation system are established by our state legislature, and may be enforced through the North Carolina Industrial Commission. I discuss those rights with injured workers on a daily basis. I see firsthand how some insurance companies sometimes try to limit entitlement to those rights. I have talked with people who are near or at the end of their case and think they have been treated “fairly.” When I explain what the law actually provides, oftentimes these people feel betrayed by the insurance company.

A client* of ours worked at a store for over 20 years making minimum wage. He fell at work and before we intervened, the adjuster didn’t want to give him anything. His employer gave him time off work, and asked him not to come back.

He came back, though. With us.

What that employer did was just plain wrong. Legally, ethically, and morally. Yet we see situations like this all the time.

We had a client* who came to us after he had asked for a second opinion from another doctor – one not provided by the workers’ comp insurance company. That second opinion confirmed that our client would need additional therapy and more time off work. His employer fired him because he “took too long to heal.” It didn’t take him long to contact us after that. Here is his inspirational story.

Get a FREE Case Evaluation From Our NC Workers Comp Lawyers

Even if your worker's compensation case has been pending for weeks, months, or years, contact us about your situation. You can see there is a lot at stake, and if you’re trying to negotiate alone against a big powerful insurance company, you are likely at a huge disadvantage.

There is no charge to call us for an initial case evaluation.
It is completely FREE to you.

Click here to contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.

 

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*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 are specific examples of experiences we have had with some insurance companies, adjusters, employers, clients or others. These stories do not necessarily represent any industry or employer as a whole. These descriptions of events are based upon the recollections of individual staff members. Client identities have been removed or changed to protect their privacy.

Why Can’t I Settle My Workers’ Comp Claim Myself?

If you have a serious work injury, you are likely to be removed from work and could potentially spend a significant amount of time going to doctor visits and therapy to rehabilitate your injuries. You may have faced a lengthy recovery following a surgical procedure. During this time, you may have thought your case was going great. After all, your benefits are coming in regularly, your medical treatments are being paid on time, and maybe your employer is even working with you by providing light-duty work. They’ve given you no reason so far to doubt that when it comes time to settle, they’ll also take good care of you.

So why worry about settling your claim without a lawyer’s advice?

Beware when it comes time to settle

What happens when your doctor releases you and you are not able to go back to your job?  Maybe you were released but you are still having pain, swelling, or other symptoms that make it difficult for you to perform your previous duties. What happens to your workers’ compensation benefits?

It’s at this stage when employers and insurance companies might put pressure on the injured worker to close out or settle their claim. Insurance companies might suggest that you get a second opinion. Yet, they might also tell you which doctor you should see. Sometimes without seeming regard for whether the doctor has the expertise, you may need. I know of a situation where an injured worker had a severe wrist injury, an operation which resulted in an extended healing period. She wanted a second opinion and the workers’ comp insurance company sent her to an allergist!

Settlement Time is When You Must Fish or Cut Bait

A settlement is a complete end to your rights for further workers’ compensation benefits. This means the insurance company would not have to pay for any further medical care or benefits, even if you cannot return to work due to your injury.

You want to make sure you have strong legal representation during settlement negotiations.

Based on my experience, the goal of some insurance companies when settling is to try to cut their liability to the injured worker for as little money as possible. If you don’t have good legal representation fighting for you, one who knows workers’ comp laws and its many interpretations and nuances, this could mean you could be left without adequate health care protection and without enough money to cover your living expenses until you find another suitable job. We’ve seen situations where people have settled on their own, not realizing the consequences, put entire families in a downward spiral.

North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Laws Provide Protection

While our state’s workers’ compensation laws provide some protection, it can take a workers’ compensation lawyer who really understands these laws to try to make sure you are adequately and properly protected.

For example, the law says you are allowed to obtain a second opinion with a physician you can choose. If you need further treatment, you can apply for medical care even if the doctor your workers’ comp insurer sent you to release you from medical care.

Your other doctor may point out that your injury has made it more likely you will need further surgery. Let’s say you injured your knee. It may now be more likely that you will need a knee replacement at some point as a result of your work-related injury. This could be a surgery that workers’ compensation insurance would be responsible for covering. Whether that replacement occurs two months after the initial injury or two years. If you do not have medical doctors that are able to adequately explain any future complications you may face because of your injuries, there is no way to receive compensation for those potential medical needs.

You may not be able to return to the type of job you had before you got hurt. In any case, where a worker has permanent work limitations or restrictions, it is important to understand how that could impact their ability to return to a full-time job. A settlement in those cases must take into account those potential benefits because of the long term difficulty the worker may face getting back to the wages they earned before getting hurt.

The law also states that consideration must be given concerning the possibility for re-training, further education, or vocational rehabilitation before injured employees return to a job suitable to their new restrictions. North Carolina workers’ compensation laws make these and other services available to injured workers if they cannot return to their pre-injury position.

The purpose of the workers’ compensation system is to try to help restore an injured worker as near as possible to their pre-injury earning capacity. This means both medically and in terms of their ability to return to a job.

A settlement for a discounted amount could potentially leave that injured worker and their family in a financial spiral, facing long-term financial difficulties because their interests were not adequately addressed by the insurance company or potentially protected by an experienced workers’ comp lawyer.

If you are considering settling your claim or have been contacted about settling your workers’ comp claim, we strongly urge you to have an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney review your case to determine whether thorough consideration has been given to the complexities of your injuries and their impact on your ability to return to work at your same wages.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Workers’ Comp Lawyers Offer FREE Case Evaluations

Why us? What makes us different? There are many good workers’ comp lawyers here in North Carolina. So why us? Click here for five heartfelt reasons that don’t have a lot to do with fancy credentials and memberships in organizations or affiliations. Click here for reasons that do have to do with the credentials and memberships in organizations or affiliations. We think both of these are important to consider.

If you've been injured at work, don't think you will necessarily get the medical and future benefits with your workers' comp insurance company just because your insurance company obeyed the law and provided you with out of work benefits.

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

Is Your Insurance Company Spying on You? (Most likely, YES!)

Will the insurance company watch me if I have a workers’ compensation claim?

Based on my experience, and depending on your injury, yes they very well might. Some insurance companies will do anything they can to pay you as little as possible. Private investigators are still used in many instances, but with social media, it’s now easier to get information to use against you – even seemingly harmless information.

I had a client1 who was seen in a social media photo walking around and drinking with some friends while he had a denied claim for lower leg injury. One of the recipients copied on the picture was his boss. The boss claimed my client was seen walking in such a way that seemed to indicate he was not as injured as he claimed, so he reported this information to the insurance adjuster. That information, in part, led to the denied claim.

Why would my insurance company watch me?

The short answer is the insurance company is often skeptical of your injury and the extent of your disability and is likely to pour money and resources into efforts to determine if you are as injured as you claim.

For example, let’s take a situation where the insurance company has accepted your claim and is providing medical treatment and wages while you are out of work and treating for your injury. The doctor has you under restrictions of no lifting/pushing/pulling greater than 25 pounds and only occasional bending. Even when you are injured, it is still necessary to maintain some degree of a normal life. Usual activities for many of us include grocery shopping, picking up and dropping off kids, basic yard work, and household chores.

Many insurance companies in my estimation typically take the stance that you aren’t as injured as you have reported to the doctor and that they may be able to prove that by hiring an investigator to follow you and observe and record your activities. The investigator may follow you to the grocery store, park, church, restaurant, or simply park outside your home or neighborhood. They may observe and record you carrying a bag of groceries or a carton of milk, pushing a trashcan to the curb, or even bending over to put a leash on your dog to walk around the block. While these activities are not inconsistent with the restrictions your doctor has prescribed, video surveillance or still shots can oftentimes be misleading and taken out of context to give the appearance that you are performing physical activities in excess of your restrictions.

What the insurance company hopes to do with surveillance they have gathered is to provide it to your treating physician in an effort to get the doctor to release you. They may also use surveillance as a way to try and push you toward settlement.

Is it legal for a private investigator to follow me?

Yes, it is generally legal for a private investigator to follow you. Sometimes it’s business as usual in certain cases, as long as there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. That means that most evidence gathered in a public setting is considered to be legally obtained.  For example, they may observe you working in your yard or standing on your front porch as you are likely within public view under these circumstances.

Today more and more information is now obtained through social media.

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

Our attorneys and staff at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin have seen an increase in electronic surveillance of social media sites by the insurance companies. We have seen some insurance companies use this information to try and embarrass our clients and diminish their potential for compensation.

The emergence of social media sites was just what the doctor ordered for insurance snoops. And snoop they will. They can use against you anything related to your incident that they are able to find online.

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Google, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and even Snapchat.  Any site where you share information with others can be a treasure chest of information for the insurance company. Many use sophisticated software to troll for something  – anything – they can potentially use against you now or in the future. Just like some may use other means as illustrated in Insurance Companies Behaving Badly. (Some are even starting to use the information to potentially affect premiums clients pay.)

If you have been injured in any way, even if you don’t think you will file a claim, here are some helpful social media guidelines to try to keep the insurance companies out of your personal life.

While we strongly urge you NOT post anything about your injury on any social
media site, if you must post, follow these Dos and Don’ts.

DO

Set the Highest Privacy Settings. This means making sure that only friends can see your information, and not friends of friends or the general public.

Know Who Has Tagged You. You need to monitor your posts as well as posts from friends and others you may not know well who have tagged you. Be especially diligent about allowing what is portrayed about you on others’ sites. This is easily trackable.

Be Careful Who Your “Friends” Are. Accept friend requests only from people you actually know. Remove people you have as “friends” currently who are only acquaintances or people you don’t know or barely know.

Make Yourself Invisible. Remove yourself from Facebook search results by selecting “friends only” under search visibility in your profile settings.

Remove yourself from Google by going to your Internet Privacy Settings and unchecking the box for Public Search Listing.

Turn off Your Geolocation. All social media sites have a geolocation feature. Geolocation shows anyone where you are and what places you frequent. Unless you want the insurance company to know you were at the local pub the night of your accident, turn this off. Even if you were drinking ginger ale all night and were the designated driver, they may try to say you were drunk. Go to the section of all your social media sites or click on the location button before posting.

Be Extra Cautious. Assume anything and everything you write on your social media pages, including status updates, check-ins, messages, and wall postings will at some point be seen by the insurance company.

DON’T

Email, Post, Share, or Tweet Any Information About Your Case. Do not send emails to anyone except your lawyer or others at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin regarding your claim and its progress, or your health. Don’t share anything with anyone concerning your accident. Don’t even share information about how you feel as it relates to your accident. “Not to worry, I’m fine” may be a comforting post for friends and loved ones, but to an insurance company it means you are not injured. And they may try to use that post against you.

Join Web Chat Groups. You do not own the information you post online, and it is highly searchable. Do not post on message boards, participate in or comment on blogs, go into chat rooms about insurance or claims related issues. Do not create your own website or start your own blog about your experience.

Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Recovered Over $100 Million2 in 2016

We at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin work with you as part of your legal team in your fight against the insurance companies.

That involves engaging you as a partner in our collective efforts to try to win this fight – a fight we have fought for over 3,000 clients for whom we recovered over $100 million2 total in 2016 alone. Since 1997, we’ve recovered over $700 million2 gross for over 30,000 clients. And these numbers don’t include the $1.25 billion2 we helped recover against the U.S. government for 18,400 claimants in a historic class action case.

We’ve done this because we have lots of quality professionals. Over 40 attorneys, roughly 200 staff, and seven attorneys who are North Carolina board certified specialists in workers’ compensation law (a distinction less than 4% of NC licensed attorneys can claim3).

North Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys Evaluate Your Claim FREE

Always continue to follow the restrictions prescribed by your doctor at all times and in all settings – for your recovery first and foremost. But also, it is prudent to assume the insurance company is watching when you have a workers’ compensation claim.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident don’t post, tweet,
or share anything about the injury.

Call us at 1-866-900-7078 or click here to contact us. Just like social media, we’re available 24/7.

 

1Client identity has been removed or changed to protect privacy.

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

3Figures from N.C. State Bar through December 2016.

 

Do I Need to Hire an NC Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

You’ve been hurt on the job. You need medical treatment. Maybe you’re out of work or working under restrictions imposed by your doctor as a result. Maybe your employer is paying you less while you’re working light duty. Your injury may mean you’re struggling physically, emotionally, and financially. And the insurance company – who may be more concerned with their profits than your well-being – is calling the shots.

This is an unfortunate but typical predicament and is among the many reasons the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has grown to become one of the largest personal injury firms in North Carolina. People need us to help try to keep them from potentially being sidelined by the insurance company that may be looking out for themselves, not injured workers.

Why Hire a Workers’ Comp Lawyer?

Admittedly, sometimes in minor cases, you may not need a workers’ compensation lawyer. But many times in more complicated cases, where healing time may be longer, or your employer is pressuring you to come back to work before you’ve healed, or threatening to fire you if you don’t get back to work or you want a second opinion from another doctor, you very well may need a workers’ compensation lawyer to go to bat for you. The laws are just too complicated and nuanced, and the insurance companies, for the most part, know they have the upper hand because they know the laws better than injured workers. When you’re hurt on the job, employers and adjusters (the insurance company reps assigned to work on your case) may tell you that you don’t need to hire a lawyer. They may try to make you feel like they’re on your side and will look out for your best interests. But beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing. There’s one thing they’re generally looking out for: Their own corporate coffers. Every dollar an insurance company spends on you is a dollar they don’t get to keep for themselves – or pass along to their shareholders. Do you really think when given the chance to pay you more or keep it for themselves, they will readily pay you more?

Experience tells me no. Not without a fight.

You vs. the Workers’ Comp Insurance Adjuster

The adjuster on your case may work on hundreds of cases with a goal of paying injured workers like you as little as possible. They know North Carolina workers’ compensation laws inside and out, and they know how to use and interpret these laws to their advantage. They also have access to corporate lawyers that they won’t hesitate to call upon to try to deny your right to benefits. For example, injured workers often call us after their employer and employer’s insurance company (with the help of their lawyers) order them to return to work. The insurance company and its lawyers may leave the impression that if you don’t return right away, your workers’ compensation checks will be cut off automatically. But this isn’t true, and the law doesn’t allow the insurance company to cut off your checks just because they want to. Of course, there’s no way for most people to know that unless there’s someone like us to tell them.

The bottom line? If you try to go head-to-head by yourself against an insurance company and their well-trained adjusters and experienced lawyers, you may end up potentially receiving less than you are entitled to under the law. That’s great for the insurance company, but bad for you and your family.

Even the Playing Field

There is a way to even the playing field. Hire an experienced North Carolina workers’ comp lawyer.

The workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin work tirelessly to try to push insurance companies to meet their obligations to injured workers just like you. Like the adjuster assigned to your case, we spend all day every day on workers’ compensation cases. But unlike your adjuster, our goal – actually our passion – is to try to maximize your benefits, including wage benefits, medical treatment, and other payments and services you may be entitled to under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Many of these benefits your adjuster may never even tell you about.

Why the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin?

First, our firm was named one of the “Best Law Firms” for workers’ compensation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the greater Raleigh area1 in 2017. That doesn’t happen by accident. So who’s on this team?

  • Former defense attorneys and paralegals for insurance companies who have worked inside the insurance companies, so they know what you’re up against.
  • More than half our workers’ comp attorneys are NC Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation law. This is a NC State Bar certification denoting a high level of proficiency in a particular practice area, and less than 4% of licensed NC attorneys can make that claim2.
  • We have two former North Carolina Industrial Commissioners. The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) is the impartial agency that administers and enforces workers' compensation laws.
  • We have a former North Carolina State Senator who was elected to serve four terms. He also helped write some of North Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws.
  • Many of our attorneys have been acknowledged by colleagues and peers. They are often asked to speak at seminars for other workers’ compensation attorneys. Others are accomplished authors of scholarly articles and two have received coveted awards for workers’ compensation, including Best Lawyers “Best Lawyer3” and NC Super Lawyers Magazine’s “Rising Star4.” One was named NC Super Lawyers Magazine’s “Super Lawyer5” three times and Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year6” for Raleigh twice.
  • Our attorneys are givers and champions of the underdog. Many of them join our side because they are advocates for those without a voice. And that is often the injured worker. Of our 13 workers’ comp attorneys, 12 are members of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of legal representation in our state. Many are active members in their communities – from teaching at local colleges, to counseling the Hispanic/Latino community.

Contact James Scott Farrin Soon After Your Work Injury

It’s never too early to contact us after being hurt. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin as soon as possible after your injury so we can try to answer questions about your situation. Any delay in contacting us could give your adjuster a chance to deny you benefits. After you explain the details of your injury and case to us, we can let you know if the time is right for us to partner with you to fight the insurance company. If it is, then we can get to work for you right away.

NC Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Offer FREE Case Evaluation

Of course, you don’t have to contact a lawyer, but based on our team’s 150 years of combined experience, it is almost always a good idea to speak with us about your circumstances. Our confidential case evaluations are free, and you may learn that you’re entitled to more than the insurance company is letting on.

If you’ve been injured in a work accident or know someone who has, contact us today or call 1-866-900-7078 to learn how utilizing a workers’ compensation lawyer from the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin could potentially benefit you.

 

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

2 Figures from the N.C. State Bar as of December 2016.

3,6 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.bestlawyers.com.

 4,5 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.superlawyers.com.

 

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.

 

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
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

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
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

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