Payment of Medical Expenses
This includes your current expenses and all those you expect to have in the future due to your injury. Medical care means any care necessary to repair your injury and relieve your pain.
Payments for your disability and lost wages:
You may be classified as temporarily or permanently partially disabled or permanently totally disabled. The disability rating is based on the doctors opinion of permanent loss of use of a body part. Not all body parts are rated.
Types of Settlements
Temporarily disabled or partially disabled. If you are temporarily disabled and will be able to return to your former employment after a recovery period, or partially disabled and will be able to be employed but at a reduced wage, you are entitled to have your medical expenses paid and be compensated for your lost wages.
This is based on a complicated procedure. If certain criteria are met, you may be eligible to collect benefits for your medical expenses and lost wages for the remainder of your life. Usually these weekly benefits are limited to a maximum of 500 weeks except for certain exceptions.
A “clincher” agreement is a final settlement, and this should include compensation for all medical expenses and lost wages you ever expect to incur. The agreement has to be approved by a workers’ compensation Deputy Commissioner. Once the court approves the settlement agreement, you give up forever your right to seek additional benefits.
All of these benefits need to be coordinated with other benefits like Social Security Disability, Medicare, Unemployment, and other disability policies. A good lawyer in this field can make a big difference in maximizing your recovery from all sources.
Our attorneys specialize in workman's comp, personal injury, and dispute resolution services.
We have have a long history of building long-term client relationships founded on trust and mutual respect.
With over 25 years of experience in civil litigation and thousands of cases mediated, Frank specializes in the fields of workers compensation and personal injury law.
Sherman Lee Criner
Sherman is Licensed to Practice Law in North and South Carolina. He has extensive education in law and the mediation practice, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.
Ashley M. Edwards
Ashley is a NC attorney and certified mediator in North and South Carolina, Ashley has represented hundreds of clients and mediated thousands of cases for attorneys, insurance carriers and private companies.
“These guys are awesome and care about their clients very much. I would suggest anyone hurt on the job to contact them. Cannot express my appreciation enough to them!"
“Ashley Edwards genuinely cares about his clients and holds himself to the highest standards in all of his professional interactions. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help navigating the workers compensation process."
“Ashley has been practicing compensation law in the greater Wilmington area for 15+ years. I have often turned to him for advice and counsel. He knows the law, is trustworthy, listens to his clients, and fights to do the right thing for them. He is my first call!"
“Mr Edwards made my case feel like it was his most important case. He is so caring and attentive."
“This was the first and only law firm I contacted after being injured. Everyone there has been on point concerning my case and extremely professional. I highly recommend contacting workers comp first if injured. It will be as if it's the most important case they have and they will not disappoint. Thank you to the entire team."
“Wonderful Experience under difficult circumstances. They helped me understand my rights and options under the law. Mr. Edwards took the time to help and meet with me whenever I had questions. He is highly recommended for his expert advice and service. "
“This is the place to go if you get hurt on the job Ashley and his paralegal Janet are really nice and super easy to talk to and they take the time to really listen to your problems and get you the help you need and deserve."
“They came out took out time to listen very smart he knows what he's talking about he heard me out and took my case under difficult sircumstances and i highly advise this is the law firm to consider."
“Sherman is one of the best mediators that I know---he is extremely proficient in Workers' Compensation Law and he is an outstanding communicator. I give Sherman my highest rating!"
“Great Experience with a caring lawyer who took the time to actually meet with me. He handled my case to the end and explained everything. Highly recommended."
“Ashley is very knowledgeable and relatable to his clients, to opposing counsel, and to all parties when acting as mediator. "
“Ashley didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear but he always told me the truth. He is very knowledgeable and professional... I would highly recommend Ashley if you feel the need to hire an attorney. "
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