The Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation to employees who suffer injuries that occur during the course of employment. Injured workers are entitled to compensation for medical treatment and lost wages. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for an injured worker to receive the benefits they are entitled to. It is not uncommon for employers to deny that the injury occurred on-the-job or claim the injury was a pre-existing condition. This results in a denied workers’ compensation case leaving the employee to fend for themselves.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim is complex and many injured workers find they need help navigating the legal system, dealing with insurance denials, and sometimes facing aggressive insurance adjusters. All of these issues are difficult on their own and may be impossible if the scope and symptoms of the injury are severe. This is why many injured workers turn to professionals for help. In order to prove that an injury occurred on the job, a South Carolina and North Carolina workers comp lawyer and his staff will conduct research, collect medical records, and fight for you in court so that you receive benefits you deserve.
In addition to having an experienced South Carolina and North Carolina workers comp lawyer, the close and personal nature of workers’ compensation claims make it essential that paralegals have great interpersonal and customer service skills because they spend a lot of time speaking with clients, medical providers and insurance adjusters. The paralegals responsibilities include:
- Collect necessary claim information and medical authorizations
- Research legal issues
- Submit mileage/prescription reimbursement requests to carrier
- Prepare cases for hearings
- Subpoenaing witnesses
- Schedule depositions
- Organize and file claimant’s documentation
- Coordinates and brief attorneys before hearings
- Assists with medical case management
In North Carolina and South Carolina, insurance adjusters initially choose the claimant’s treating physician. If the treating physician orders physical therapy for the claimant or orders for the claimant to be seen by another type of physician, the adjuster will not approve unless it is in writing. Paralegals are responsible for requesting the medical records and sending them to the adjuster so they can see the order in writing. That’s why it is extremely important for the paralegal to be proactive and up to date with client’s medical appointments.
The workers comp lawyers at King Law Offices in North Carolina and South Carolina understand that this is a frustrating experience and we will be glad to assist you each step of the way.