The Workers’ Compensation Specialists You Need
Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be a frustrating experience for many people. Although the system is designed to compensate workers who have been injured on the job, both in the period they are unable to work and after their condition has stabilized, people frequently encounter obstacles on the way to getting the full benefits they are entitled to. You may be pushed around by the workers’ compensation carrier, forced to go back to work before you are ready or receive a disability rating that is not truly reflective of your impairment. Make sure you have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney fighting on your side.
At the Law Office of Leslie O. Wickham, Jr., we work hard to protect your rights and obtain a just settlement for your injuries. Attorney Leslie Wickham, Jr., is registered as a Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist with the North Carolina State Bar.
Injuries And Illnesses In The Workplace
No matter the type of workplace, incidents can happen that result in an injury or illness. Here are some of the most common issues workers deal with:
- Slips or falls
- Muscle strain or tears
- Repetitive motion injuries like Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Injuries from improperly placed or secured objects
- Hearing damage from noise
- Eye disease
- Illness from asbestos or other toxic materials
As you deal with the ramifications of your workplace injury or illness, let attorney Wickham apply his specialized knowledge to cover your legal claims.
Defending Your Claim, Denied Or Accepted
If you haven’t been able to work since your injury and your benefits claim was denied, you may be having a hard time meeting your mortgage or car payments. Moreover, you may be facing mounting medical bills. Mr. Wickham will vigorously advocate for your best interests and offer you sound, reliable guidance throughout the process. We will file a request for a hearing with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Every case is ordered to mediation prior to trial, and we will advise you on whether the settlement offered is fair. If we do not attain fair settlement at mediation, Mr. Wickham is a seasoned litigator who is more than prepared to take your case to trial. We will carefully assess the medical and vocational evidence and give you a realistic assessment of the likelihood of success at trial.
Even if you were awarded workers’ compensation benefits, you might be only getting two-third of your former wages. Your disability rating may not be an accurate assessment of the extent of your impairment. You may also feel pressure to return to your job before you are ready. If you have an admitted workers’ compensation claim, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation. We will guide you in determining what work is suitable based on your education, work history, physical limitations and skills. We will help you avoid getting pushed around the system and into a job you are not ready to perform or one that you cannot sustain over the long term.
Over Three Decades Of Experience Working For You
Whether you have an admitted or denied claim, our main goal is getting a fair and reasonable settlement for you. Our firm will effectively depose all treating physicians, specialists and vocational evaluators. We have the experience it takes to ask the questions that will satisfy the burden of proof at trial. In addition, we will provide you knowledgeable legal advice regarding the relationship between your workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security Disability benefits.
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00, and conveniently located parallel to Interstate 85, just off exit 173. Home and hospital visits are available by appointment.