Board Certified Workers Compensation Lawyer in Apex, NC
Jesse Shapiro is one of a small percentage of North Carolina attorneys who is Board Certified as a Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by the North Carolina State Bar. Mr. Shapiro represents and protects the rights of injured workers across the state of NC and focuses his practice in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Durham, Fayetteville, Sanford, Southern Pines, Greensboro and surrounding towns and counties.
Because Everyone Matters
As workers’ compensation lawyers, Wilson & Reives has more than 75 years of combined experience helping folks just like you who were injured at the hands of others. You can expect to receive personalized attention, answers to all of your questions, and ongoing support from our legal team until your claim is resolved.
We’re honored you have considered Wilson & Reives to provide legal guidance and support at this difficult time. We understand that this isn’t just another case; this is your life. And, if you choose to involve us, you can have the peace of mind that comes with trusted experience and proven results since 1977.
This means that from the time you hire us as your workers’ compensation lawyer regarding your claim, our attorneys and support staff will deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf. We will also obtain medical records, invoices, statements detailing wages, and any other documentation that supports your claim.
What You Need to Know About Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
All employers with three or more employees in Apex – and throughout North Carolina – are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you get injured while on the job or doing a job-related activity, or you develop a job-related illness, workers’ compensation can provide benefits to help you cover losses related to wages, medical bills and more.
Wilson & Reives has experienced attorneys who can help you with your workers’ compensation claim, even if your employer doesn’t have the required insurance.
Due to the varying types of workers’ compensation cases, there is no “one size fits all” in terms of settlement. Your case will be determined based on its unique facts. The total value of your claim will depend on several key factors:
- Past and future lost wages
- Past and future medical expenses
- Permanent partial disability
- Ability to return to work
You can help us prove your claim and reach the highest possible settlement on your behalf by providing the following information:
Provide us with invoices for any and all medical treatment you receive as a result of your accident. This includes emergency medical treatment, physical and/or occupational therapy services, hospitalization and counseling services.
*Note: Your doctor’s opinions are an important part of valuing your claim. Therefore, communicate everything about your injury to your doctor, keep all appointments you make with your doctor, and follow your doctor’s advice.
Keep records/receipts of everything you pay for out of pocket relating to or as a result of injuries and damage suffered in the accident. Some examples include: heating pads, ice packs, elastic bandages, prescriptions, mileage to and from medical appointments, taxi service or rental car.
Impact of Your Injuries
As soon as you are injured, seek medical attention. If your accident or injury occurred while on the job, it’s important you file a workers’ compensation claim immediately. The sooner you file, the sooner you begin to document your injuries and damages. This will likely help when the insurance company evaluates your claims. If there is any doubt about the impact or cause of your injuries, your employer or their insurance company could delay the disbursement of your benefits.
The impact of your injuries can be documented in several ways:
- Document the impact of your accident by maintaining a daily log. Make an entry every time you experience pain or discomfort. If you are back at work and have a recurrent or new injury, report it in writing IMMEDIATELY. Be sure to indicate if your symptoms interfere with your work in any way. If you think it, feel it, or experience it, write it down – nothing is too small.
- If possible, photograph your injuries beginning at the time of the accident and continue taking photos at different times after the accident. Record the date and time of each photo you take.
- If there are any witnesses to your accident, contact them for a written statement as soon as possible. As time passes, memories tend to be less reliable, so it is important to get witness statements in a timely manner.
- Document your injuries and the circumstances surrounding your accident or injury when you seek medical attention. When you go to the hospital, a doctor’s visit or physical therapy, be sure to explain the details about when, where and how your accident happened on the intake forms that are provided.
If you miss work due to your accident, write it down. Keep a log of all the time that you miss. Include full days off, as well as any times when you go in late or leave early due to your accident. If your hours or wages are reduced because of your injury, keep track of all pay stubs to show these losses.
Important: You will need a doctor’s note in order to properly document any missed work. If you lose your job and have to find new employment, keep a log of all positions applied for and the employer’s decision to hire you or not.
What You Need to Know About Your Personal Injury Claim
Personal injuries are defined by the actions or negligence of another person or entity that resulted in injury or damage to your body, property, reputation or rights, and that injury resulted in medical expenses, lost wages, damage to your property, pain, suffering or emotional distress.
If you’ve experienced a personal injury, our attorneys can help you recover those expenses. We’ll work with you to determine if your case is strong enough to win and if so, help you get the benefits you deserve.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Common personal injury claims include:
Motor vehicle accidents
You have been involved in any motor vehicle accident including pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents and hit-and-runs.
You have sustained an injury as a result of construction accidents, dog and other animal bites and slip-and-fall accidents.
Traumatic brain injury
You have experienced brain trauma, which can vary in degree of severity, but all brain trauma is serious. Sometimes what seems like a small trauma can have significant, life-altering effects.
If your relative has died and it was due to the fault of another person or entity (like a car or drug manufacturer), you can file a personal injury claim, which would be a wrongful death lawsuit.
You have experienced an injury or illness because medications, equipment and other products were produced in a faulty manner or the packaging did not contain sufficient directions, information or warnings.
Statute of Limitations for Filing Personal Injury Claims
In the state of North Carolina, you are allowed 3 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. You can do this by going to civil court with a personal injury attorney. This statute of limitations applies to personal injury claims such as motor vehicle accidents, premises liability accidents, traumatic brain injury and wrongful death.
If you sustain a personal injury because of a product, the statute of limitations is 6 years to initiate any action. This begins from the date you purchased the defective product.
Other Legal Support Offered by Wilson & Reives in Apex
The attorneys at Wilson & Reives are experienced in a wide range of legal services. Because you matter, we offer diverse legal support for people in Apex.
Legal Support if You Are the Victim of an Accident or Crime
We can advise and support you if you’ve been the victim of an accident or crime, such as workers’ compensation, personal injury, domestic abuse and tort.
Tort is a legal term that covers several types of causes of action, all of which occur when someone else injures you and that injury can be resolved by a damages award. For example, if a surgeon removes your left kidney but was supposed to remove your right, or if someone threatens you, you could have the basis for a tort claim.
Anyone who has been the victim of an accident or crime should have an experienced attorney helping them recover the damages they have incurred.
Legal Support if You Have Been Accused of a Crime
If you’ve been accused of a crime an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights, defend you if needed and negotiate on your behalf. The lawyers at Wilson & Reives are experienced in representing people who have been accused of:
- Traffic violations such as DWI and DUI, speeding tickets, moving violations, driving with a revoked license and hit-and-run accidents
- Drug manufacturing, possession or trafficking, murder or manslaughter, arson or property crimes
- White-collar crimes, including computer fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, credit card fraud, bribery, embezzlement, tax evasion, extortion, money laundering and economic espionage
Other Legal Counsel
We offer services for planning wills, estates, power of attorney, living wills or trusts, as well as obtaining Social Security or disability benefits or appealing denied benefits.
Wilson & Reives can also aid in civil mediation, which is helpful in the following instances:
- Custody agreements
- Divorce settlements
- Breach of contract
- Disputes related to small business
- Disputes between landlords and tenants
- Disputes between neighbors