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Chronic Pain and Workers' Compensation - Workers' Compensation Attorney

Periodically, we get a case that is extremely complicated. While these cases may be more intensive for any number of reasons, one subject that we are called for is cases involving chronic issues. When we use the term “chronic conditions”, we are most often referring to ones that cause pain. This means disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, and other ones that are frequently difficult to treat under the best of circumstances. These tend to complicate workers compensation claims because insurance companies that are arguing against you will bring up these conditions in an attempt to convince anyone to rule against you. It is easier for them to write something off as a bad flair up, regardless of whether or not it is consistent with your symptoms.

Due to the fact that each chronic condition is different and each person deals with their diagnosis in their own way, arguing a chronic condition claim can be extremely difficult. Luckily, if you have a chronic health condition you probably have an extensive medical history in regards to what treatments you have gone through and what you have dealt with through the years. Some doctors even request that patients who have particularly bad cases keep a pain journal. If this is the case, you should have a fairly good record of your pain before and after the injury. While this isn’t going to be the most objective piece of evidence due to the extremely personal nature, it can certainly help your case. After all, it’s extremely unlikely that you wrote up years worth of journals understating your pain just so you could fake a workers compensation injury in the future.

Being hurt when you already have a chronic disorder can really set you back. Often, injuries like these can mess with your mental health as well. This means that you may be struggling even more than usual and should have someone on your side who can help fight on your behalf. If you have a chronic condition and have been hurt at work, call Collier Law today for your free consultation. We will do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve, so that you can get the treatment that you need. We know how difficult it can be to keep fighting, but don't let your pain hold you back. Let us help you with this new injury!

Electrical Injuries - Workers' Compensation Attorney

If you have ever touched a piece of metal and received a good shock, you know that static electricity is not something you want to have a lot of exposure to. Just that small amount of voltage can be enough to give you a surprise, and it isn’t very powerful at all. While there are stories of people surviving shocks of all different levels, like those who have been struck by lightning, you always want to do your best to avoid electricity, because for every one of those stories, there are at least three others of someone who didn’t walk away at all.

Electrocutions are considered one of the “Fatal Four” top causes of injuries and deaths that occur most frequently in construction work. Considering that around twenty percent of all workplace deaths occur in the construction industry, it really makes you think about the scope of this issue. The problem with electricity is that just about every place you can work has it, and so every job has the potential for deadly contact.

Over the years, there have been innumerable injuries caused by electrocution. Now, you often hear about these deaths and how they are leaving behind families and friends who relied on them. These deaths are always sad and don’t only happen to new workers. In fact, many of the deaths are from people who have been in the construction industry for years, but were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. When someone is killed on the job, especially by electrocution, it is always a tragedy. The worst part is that these deaths likely could have been avoided with more care, awareness, and better materials.

OSHA lists the three most common causes of electrocution on the job as: contact with overhead power lines (the voltage can range anywhere from 120 volts to 750,000 volts), contact with energized sources (like bare wires), and improper use of flexible/extension cords. With the voltage range that wide, it is always best to act as if any wire is live until you have the official word that all power has been cut. Even then, you should still act with caution.

If you or a loved one has suffered an electrical injury while on the job, call Collier today for a free consultation. These injuries are serious, and we want to make sure you get the proper care from the first possible moment!

What Benefits Do I Get? - Workers' Compensation Attorney

One of the most common questions we get asked pertains to whether or not someone is getting the right benefits. This is also more difficult when we don't yet know one's specific case, because they can vary. People want to know what benefits they should be getting, and understandably so. It can be confusing to deal with the laws and specific scenarios of workers compensation if you aren't used to them, so being certain that you are getting what you deserve isn’t an easy task. This is one of the large reasons why you need to contact an attorney immediately after you get injured while on the job.

Every injury and case is unique, so every set of benefits from workers compensation claims are going to be unique as well. Your benefits depend on what stage of your claim you're in, how long you have been out of work, whether you can still work with accommodations, your type of injury, the location of your injury, the severity of your injury, and many other factors. While some of the answer can be boiled down into a basic stock response, the fact still remains that no two cases are the same and therefore no two people will get the exact same set of benefits from workers compensation. As much as that would simplify things for many people, that unfortunately isn't the way workers compensation works. It can be confusing for anyone to try to figure out depending on the case, so for someone who is already injured and on edge, it can seem impossible. This is why you need someone to help you navigate the maze that is workers compensation.

If you have been hurt on the job, call Collier Law today for your free consultation. We will do everything we can to make sure that you are getting the compensation that you deserve while you recover from your injury. Remember, if you don’t win your case, you don’t pay for our representation. This means that you won’t be saddled with attorney fees as well as everything else if things don’t work out your way during your claim. Let us know how we can help you, and let us do the rest!

What's the Next Step? - Workers' Compensation Attorney

One of the first thoughts that flashes through the mind of someone who has been hurt at work is “Now what?” This question can cover any number of things. Many people wonder how they will continue to provide for their family. Others wonder what they can do to get workers’ compensation. Many people wonder if they are even eligible for workers compensation due to the circumstances of the injury. A thousand things can run through someone’s head when they get hurt, and they can quickly become overwhelmed . That is one of the reasons that we are here; we want to help you sort out what to do next.

If you have been hurt on the job, the first thing that you should do is alert your employer. Do this in writing as well, even if you told them in person. You want to have a “paper” trail to prove that they were told about the incident. This can be as simple as a one line email, but make sure that you keep a record of the fact that it happened. Once you have been seen by a doctor, you need to file a workers’ compensation claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. This can be done online and is relatively simple. However, for this step, you should contact an attorney to help you fill it out to increase your chances of getting your claim approved.

Although North Carolina has a no-fault clause with workers compensation, meaning that it doesn’t matter if an injury was due to anyone in particular, it does require that the injury was accidental. While the statement “A box fell on my foot” may be covered, if it is worded “I dropped a box on my foot”, it may not. It is important to get the wording correct to make sure that your injury will be covered by the workers compensation insurance that your employer has.

If you have been injured and are wondering what your next step is, you should get an attorney. Call Collier Law today for your free consultation to go over what to do next. We will help you get your claim through and fight to get the compensation that you deserve. The world of workers compensation can be confusing, so let us guide you through it. Give us a call today!

Settlements - Workers' Compensation Attorney

Something that is extremely common in workers compensation claims, and many other types of litigation, is a settlement. This means that the issue is resolved internally and/or privately between the two involved parties without bringing it to court. In the workers compensation field, this is most frequently referred to as a “clincher”. Often, we only hear from clients when they are being offered one and don’t know if they should take it or not. Ideally, you would contact an attorney before this occurs, but we understand why so many people don’t. The problem is that often, people want an immediate answer. Unfortunately, without knowing your specific case we cannot give you one.

Clinchers are difficult to litigate simply because each one is so different. A case is as unique as the person involved; no two are ever going to be exactly alike. This means that every injury is different and therefore every compensation needs to be as well. Generally, we find that if a settlement is offered to you, it isn’t going to be the best option, but again, each case is different. Sometimes you get lucky with a fair offer. However, we see people far too often realize much too late that they shouldn’t have taken a clincher, and now are on the hook for extra medical bills that they didn’t anticipate.

Even if you want to settle a claim and get the whole ordeal over with, you need to be able to negotiate terms. The laws of workers compensation are often difficult to learn and can get extremely complicated once you get into the deeper workings of them. We do this every day of our lives and we know that you already have more than enough to focus on. It is important to remember that you still need to work towards getting better. You don’t need the added stress of trying to figure out exactly how to make the legal system work for you.

If you have been hurt at work and offered a settlement, call Collier Law today. We will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. You can rest assured that you are in good hands, so call for your free consultation, and let us focus on getting you the money you need while you focus on your recovery. You owe it to yourself.