Any injury can be devastating – medical bills, missed work, and dealing with recovery are a tremendous strain on individuals and families. When an injury results from an accident at work, the legal issues involved can be overwhelming and add to the pain and stress of simply getting well and getting back to work. Choosing the right attorneys to represent you can help you focus on what’s important – recovering from your injuries – while letting your attorneys focus on fighting to ensure that you receive the medical treatment and benefits you deserve. Our attorneys never charge a legal fee unless we are successful in obtaining your benefits for you, allowing you to spend your money where it matters when you need it most.
Workers’ Compensation claims are a unique and special type of case. Many people don’t know that in North Carolina these cases are not handled in our regular court system, but are instead decided by a special court called the Industrial Commission. Judges called Deputy Commissioners hear and decide workers’ compensation cases, and the rules are different than those in “regular court.” When choosing an attorney to represent you, it is critical that you select an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the Industrial Commission and Workers’ Compensation law. As a former Judge over workers’ compensation claims, Attorney Brian LiVecchi presided over and decided all kinds of workers comp cases from across North Carolina. Noting the tremendous need for effective advocates for injured workers, Mr. LiVecchi returned to private practice where he has represented injured workers from all walks of life – from those in the construction trades to restaurant workers to teachers. Perhaps most importantly, Brian is not only an experienced former judge and attorney, he has been in your shoes. Prior to going to law school, Brian worked in the same kinds of jobs as many of his clients.
“I’ve worn a hard hat. I’ve driven a forklift. I’ve dug ditches and shoveled coal. I know what my clients mean when they talk about scaffoldings and conveyors and heavy machinery, because I’ve been there and worked right alongside many of the same kinds of injured workers I now represent. In 2006, I was injured at work myself and had to hire an attorney to protect my rights. So, I know what it feels like to be receiving calls from insurance companies and to be confused about which forms to file, and to be afraid that I might say the wrong thing and hurt my case. And, how difficult it is to not be able to make ends meet and to watch my family struggle because of a workplace injury. Most lawyers can’t say that, because their only work experience is being a lawyer.”
~ Attorney Brian LiVecchi
Getting the Benefits You Deserve
When you hire Cumalander Adcock and attorney Brian LiVecchi to handle your case, you not only get a tough and knowledgeable litigator with extensive experience in workers compensation, but someone who understands what YOU do for a living and who can relate to what YOU are facing, and who will fight to make sure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled and are treated with dignity and respect every step of the way.
Workers’ compensation is different from other areas of injury law. If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to certain benefits, including:
- Payment of two-thirds of your regular pay
- Payment of your medical expenses
- Job training if you cannot return to the same type of job
- Payment for future loss of wages
- Benefits for the dependents of workers who are killed in a workplace accident
However, to obtain these benefits injured workers are required to follow certain procedures and, in some cases, they have to fight the insurance company. Many injured workers don’t understand that their workers’ compensation benefits aren’t really paid by their employer.
Businesses in North Carolina with three or more employees are required to have workers’ compensation insurance to pay benefits to employees if they are injured at work. You might have a great relationship with your employer, and your employer may truly want what is best for you.
But your employer’s insurance carrier is not your friend, and their job is to pay you as little as possible. Our attorneys deal with insurance companies and their lawyers every day, and know how to make sure your rights are protected.
No case too large or small, no injury too major or minor.
Many workers’ compensation law firms only take the biggest cases with the most severe injuries. Others may take smaller cases with more minor injuries, but take so many cases that they can’t provide the personal attention and service we pride ourselves on at Cumalander & Adcock.
We don’t put ads on TV and we don’t have a marketing machine – our clients come to us because of our reputation, and we take only good cases no matter how big or small they may be. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll be up front with you about whether you have a good case at all.
Whether your injury results in a life-long disability or only took you out of work for a few days, our attorneys treat you and your claim the same. We have represented clients with many types of injuries, including:
• Back, neck, and spine injuries
• Head and traumatic brain injuries
• Broken bones and joints, including knees, elbows, wrists, ankles, and shoulders
• Psychological injuries, such as PTSD
• Burns and electrocutions
…and others, including injuries that result in death.