Guiding You Through The Workers’ Comp Claim Process
If you have been injured at work, you likely have many questions. At The Bollinger Law Firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, we can provide the informative and effective counsel you need during this difficult time. We are trusted advocates with a reputation for achieving results for clients in workers’ compensation cases. If we cannot get your claim resolved through negotiation, then we will go to court and fight for you!
Representing Workers Who Were Injured On The Job
Firm founder, Bobby L. Bollinger Jr. is a board-certified specialist in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law and has earned an AV Preeminent rating through Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system*. His professional peers have also selected him as one of The Best Lawyers in America, and for inclusion in the North Carolina “Super Lawyers” list. Put our experience and reputation to work for you in your work injury claim. Contact our Charlotte attorneys, whether your workers’ compensation claim has been accepted or denied.
Our approach in handling your case will vary significantly depending upon whether your case has been accepted or denied by the workers’ compensation insurance company.
What Happens When My Claim Is Accepted?
An “accepted” workers’ compensation claim is one in which the employer and insurance carrier have agreed to provide workers’ compensation benefits to the injured worker, including:
- Payment of necessary medical treatment
- Payment of lost time from work
The insurance company is allowed to direct medical treatment in accepted workers’ comp cases, which means that the carrier can choose the medical facilities and doctor, and decide whether to “authorize” or cover the tests or treatment recommended by the doctors. As experienced workers’ compensation lawyers, we can ensure your interests are fully preserved through this process.
How Do I Know If My Workers’ Comp Claim Is Accepted?
Once your workplace injury claim is processed and action is taken by the insurance carrier and employer, you will receive a copy of the form filed by the insurance carrier. If your claim is accepted, you should receive a copy of “Form 60” or “Form 63”:
- “Form 60” is a notice to all parties and the Industrial Commission that the employer and insurance carrier are accepting liability for your on-the-job accident and injury. It should list the injured body parts being covered.
- “Form 63” is the “Pay without Prejudice” Form, in which the insurance carrier and employer agree to cover you for now, while continuing to investigate your work-related accident and injuries. They have 90 days to deny the claim if they use “Form 63”. If your Form 63 says “medical only” you may want to call us, because “medical only” is a hybrid acceptance that may cause you problems later. You may receive a copy of “Form 19” but it is meaningless and has no effect on your claim.
- “Form 61” is a denial form, advising that your workers’ compensation claim has been rejected or denied. If you get this form, you are going to need a good North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer. Please get in touch with us for a free strategy session and case evaluation.
Contact Us For A Free Strategy Session
If you have questions about your accepted workers’ compensation claim, have questions about the workers’ compensation claim process or would like to speak with an attorney about other work injury concerns, contact us to schedule a free strategy session with Bob Bollinger. Our office is easily accessible for those with disabilities. Free parking is available. Call 704-859-8203 or toll free at 866-218-4759.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.