|WORKERS COMPENSATION & PERSONAL INJURY|
If you have suffered a work injury, contracted an occupational disease, or experienced the death of a family member as a result of an accident, you have many decisions to make. Workers’ Compensation Laws were developed to assist people who have been injured at work. The laws administered by and governing the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation can be very complicated Did you know that under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act you are entitled to temporary benefits? At Hall & Hall Attorneys at Law, PC we can assist you in obtaining temporary total disability and permanent total or partial disability. We can also help you in obtaining payment for doctors’ bills and tests.In order to receive workers’ compensation, you have to be employed at the time you are injured and the injury must be a result of the employment. This may include illnesses that are caused as a result of your work.
Many times clients fail to realize that their work related injury may be compensative. Quite often the employer will refuse to classify your injury as work related and thereby deny you benefits. You need an attorney to take your case before the Industrial Commission to prove its compensability. Even if your employer does not deny compensability and goes ahead and pays you, be sure to contact an attorney before you sign an agreement to settle the case. You may sign something that gives you far less monetary compensation that you may be entitled to. Contact an attorney at Hall& Hall Attorneys at Law, PC to discuss your case.
“Personal Injury” means that you are mentally or physically injured. The legal area of personal injury refers to legal issues that arise when you are injured and it is someone else’s fault. For example, you can be injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, or you can be injured by the negligence of a doctor. If your personal injury was caused by the negligence of another, you are entitled to recover money damages for your past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. Personal injury claims must be made within a certain time frame. Therefore, it is important to seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible.
If you are injured in an automobile accident that was not your fault, you may be able to collect damages from the other drivers’ insurance company. If that person did not have insurance or did not have enough insurance coverage, you may be able to make a claim against your own insurance company.
As insurance companies are in business to make money, they often want to pay as little as they can for your claim. The insurance companies will often contact you in an attempt to settle or to take your statement. It is wise to speak to an attorney before you do either. If you settle with the insurance company, then you will be forever barred from recovering additional compensation from that party, even if it is later determined that you require surgery. The insurance companies often try to get you settle your case early on, before you have been thoroughly evaluated and completed treatment with a doctor. Sometimes you may be confused and accidentally settle your case. Insurance will sometimes go ahead and send you a check and the release will be contained on the check itself. Once you cash the check, you may be settled your case without meaning to.
When the insurance company seeks to obtain a statement from you, they can later use your own words against you. Often they attempt to take your statement early on, before you have had time to consult with an attorney and when you are confused and in pain about your situation. You may not be under any obligation to give a statement. You should never give a statement before consulting with an attorney.
A “wrongful death” occurs when a person dies as the result of his or her personal injuries. If a person dies because of the negligent acts of someone else, then that is a wrongful death. Wrongful death claims can arise out of automobile accidents, medical negligence, and other types of negligence. If you lose a loved one due to a wrongful death, you and other family members may be eligible for damages for losses such as loss of future wages, medical expenses prior to death, and loss of companionship. If you don’t make a claim for wrongful death within a specified time then you will be forever barred from seeking damages for such a claim. Therefore, it is important to act quickly and see an attorney immediately. No matter what type of personal injury case you may have, there are certain things that you can do immediately after an accident that may help your case later: