The NC Court of Appeals has stated that:
"In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity..... Leaving injured employees without the representation they need to obtain the complete and total amount of their workers' compensation award would defeat the purposes of the [Workers' Compensation] Act. In fact, employers would be encouraged to contest liability and meanwhile make voluntary payments less than that required by the Workers' Compensation Act." Church v. Baxter Travenol, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991) (bold emphasis added).
On June 24, 2011, Governor Perdue signed a bill that makes significant changes to our Workers' Compensation Act, and these are the biggest changes in the law we have had since 1994. The Court's warning in 1991 that injured workers need competent legal counsel has just become even more important and meaningful, in light of the 2011 changes to the law.
I am a Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law. A Board Certified Specialist has been tested and vetted by the NC State Bar in order to assure the public that the lawyer has a high level of competence in the specialty area of law. As the Court of Appeals said in Church, an injured employee needs a "competent" attorney on a workers' compensation case. An injured worker can be assured that a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law is indeed competent to handle the case properly.
I grew up in Newton, North Carolina, which was primarily a furniture and textiles town at the time. I enjoy handling workers' compensation cases for injured workers, partly because I worked in "blue collar" jobs as a young man. I worked in retail stores, in a furniture factory (tailing the rip saws), in a foam rubber factory (on the "Baumer slitter" cutting carpet cushion) and for a nursery and landscaping business.
I like to give injured workers a level playing field with the rich and powerful insurance company that is responsible for paying the workers' compensation benefits. There is nothing better than taking on the big insurance companies and self-insured employers and winning a good award, or negotiating a good settlement, for a client who has been injured at work and still has children to feed and bills to pay.
My clients are not lawyers, and they usually don't know how to navigate the workers' compensation system. Without a good lawyer, they would be at the mercy of the insurance companies. I enjoy being an advocate for the hard-working people of North Carolina who need my help. I am certified by the NC State Bar as a "Specialist" in Workers' Compensation Law. Unlike some lawyers, I do not dabble in workers' comp law; it is the main area in which I work.
If you have a question about your North Carolina workers' compensation claim, then get in touch with me. Consultations are always free, and I will answer your questions on the phone or by email. There is no obligation on your part. I am happy to answer questions because I know that if you need a lawyer to represent you, then you will be likely to let me have that job. So don't hesitate to get in touch with me for a free consultation about your claim!
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