Effective Durham Lawyer Handles Workers’ Compensation Appeals
Skillful North Carolina advocate works hard to reverse claim denials
A denial of workers’ compensation benefits makes an already bad situation even worse. As costs continue to mount, the situation can seem hopeless, but with effective legal support, many claimants are able to reverse an improper decision. My Durham law firm, Mark H. Woltz, Attorney At Law, advocates for injured workers who have been refused the benefits they are entitled to. As a board-certified workers’ compensation specialist, I have a detailed understanding of the laws and procedures that govern these matters. You have a right to appeal a denial under North Carolina law, but you must take quick action to secure your rights. I can conduct a prompt review of the facts in your situation and work diligently to overturn the initial denial.
Dedicated attorney guides injured employees through the appeals process
Employers and insurance companies cite a variety of reasons to refuse workers’ compensation benefits. Often, they allege that the injury did not occur on the job or that it arose from activity unrelated to a victim’s work. In other cases, a denial might be based technical problems, such as a lack of documentation or a failure to notify an employer in a timely manner. No matter what the specific reason is, I can explain each aspect of the appeals process during a free initial consultation so you can learn about your options:
- Request for Hearing — Within two years of the denial, Form 33 must be filed to request a hearing before the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC). This provides brief information regarding the claim and areas of disagreement.
- Mediation — Disputes can often be resolved during pre-hearing mediation. My firm constructs a thorough argument on your behalf and presents relevant evidence that might have been missing or overlooked during the initial review.
- Hearing — If the mediation does not result in an agreement, a formal hearing is conducted by the NCIC. During this proceeding before a deputy commissioner, I will question witnesses and introduce evidence on your behalf. As an experienced workers’ compensation litigator, I understand how to present your case authoritatively.
- Panel review and litigation — Occasionally, the deputy commissioner fails to apply the law correctly. In these situations, a further appeal can be made to a panel of three workers’ compensation judges. The final option is commencing litigation in the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
At each stage of the proceedings, I will make every legal effort to secure the benefits you deserve and keep you apprised of your legal options.
Contact a Durham workers’ compensation appeals lawyer for a free initial consultation
Mark H. Woltz, Attorney At Law assists North Carolina clients with workers’ compensation appeals. My firm serves people throughout Durham, Person, Granville and Vance counties. Please call 919-864-2489 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Durham office.