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North Carolina Workers Compensation Lawyer

In North Carolina, workers’ compensation coverage is a type of insurance that is legally required for most employers with more than three employees.  The North Carolina workers’ compensation system provides medical and disability benefits to workers who are injured on the job or who develop an occupational disease as a result of their employment.

In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, you had to be employed at the time you are injured, and the injury must be a result of the employment. Unlike other areas of personal injury such as most auto accidents, an injured worker does not have to prove that the employer was at fault, and his or her contributory negligence will not preclude their entitlement to benefits.

Special rules and laws govern different kinds of workplace injuries and illnesses so it is important to consult with a legal professional if you believe you have a claim.  For example, there are special laws that may apply to claims by workers who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer.  A victim of the occupational disease of asbestosis may not become diagnosed with the disease until years after he or she may have stopped working.  Similarly, there have been cases where a victim was first diagnosed with mesothelioma even decades after he or she retired. 

Although an injured worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation disability benefits and medical care by law, obtaining what you deserve is not always easy. Unfortunately, insurance companies or employers may often try to minimize or avoid their liability.  In these situations, it is important to fight every step of the way to receive the benefits that you are entitled to.   The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission exists to hear claims by victims of work-related injuries and illnesses.

If you have suffered a work-related injury or developed a medical condition due to your job, then you could benefit from the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at Wallace & Graham, P.A. We will help analyze your unique situation to determine your best course of action. Our workers’ compensation attorneys will fight to get you the maximum compensation and medical care that you are entitled to under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act

If you need help or guidance on your workers' compensation claim, please do not hesitate to call 800.849.5291 or email our firm.


  • Lawrence

    Whitney and Megan are without question the most professional and polite people I have ever met. They explained every step of the process and made me feel very comfortable. I felt complete trust in their guidance and wisdom. This was an extreme life changing event for my life. I feel honored to have them beside me as I enter a new chapeter in my life. I hope I never need this service again and will suggest them to anyone in need. I would consider them friends!

  • Justin

    Whitney and Megan were great! If I ever need a lawyer again I will definitley come back to the firm. 

  • Loretta

    Thank you! I have a grandson graduating college this year and it's all paid for in full, thanks to you!

  • Sevone

    Thanks for your continued effort on my behalf!

  • Jillian

    Thank you for your support. 

  • Bill

    I just wanted to tell you I appreciate all that you have done for me. 

    Thanks again. 

  • Kirby

    Thank you Whitney for all the time and phone calls, and e-mail, that you blessed Bob and I with (I thank you Jesus). 

    This is a small token of appreciation. 

  • Ruby

    To all of the staff at Wallace and Graham

    Thank you for all the hard work you all have done over the years. 

    This check came at a time when I really need it. Again I thank you. 

  • Annie

    Dear Mrs. Wallace

    Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to call me Saturday to discuss my husband's case. 

    I was shocked to know that you were STILL working on my behalf. I am amazed and still amazed!

    In life, there are many paths you can take and many people who share the journey -- but it is the special people who help you along the way, and the most important people who care enough to give of themselves unconditionally. Thank you for being one of these special people. I also say this for Attorney Graham and staff. 

  • Vega

    Hearing loss can affect you lively hood and we believe in finding a solution for our clients. Click here to view a testimonial from one of our clients.  

  • Nancy

    For three years I worked with my employer thinking that I could handle it myself. It came a time where they would no longer send me to the doctor. I contacted Wallace and Graham to help through this. I was helped every step of the way with professional courtesy and understanding. The whole team: Whitney Wallace, Megan Hinson, Daniel Wallace and the receptionist were all very kind. Anytime that I called or had a question they were there. I have never dealt with a lawyer, but I would highly recommend Wallace & Graham. My stress level and worries were relieved. I knew that they all had my best interest at heart. Thank you so very much! 

  • Larry

    Whitney and Megan did a great job, really pleased! Very nice people. 

  • Jeannette Price

    An accident can happen in a blink of a eye, no matter how experienced or alert you may be, but remember the company or insurance people will never let you forget it's your fault. I felt they were rushing me back to work and I was just a number not the employee they hired me to be. When I called Wallace & Graham, I was at my highest level of stress next to depression, my health was very weak and I was mentally drain. When Wallace & Graham took my case I felt like a part of Wallace & Graham family, I was protected. They were knowledgeable and very professional. There staff was very polite, helpful, outgoing, basically they took care of me. My family and I are forever thankful for Whitney and Megan's help. 

  • Elisha

    Whitney and Megan have been wonderful over the past 2 years. They both have taken time out of their busy schedules to answer any questions, comments or concerns. I would be glad to have them on my side again if I ever needed. In my opinion you can't go wrong with this team. 

  • James

    I would like to thank you very much for all the help ou have given me during my time of need. I think it started about three years ago, I didn't no if I could get anything for workers' compensation or not, but both of you [Mark Doby & Frieda Willett], started right on it. I have been very satisfied with everything. Frieda and Mark you have help me so very much, I say thank you, thank you very much from my heart. My wife says thank you also, again I say I have been very satisfied client of Wallace & Graham. If I need someone later on I know who to call. May God bless both of you. 

  • Bob

    Thank you Whitney for all the time, phone calls, and emails that you blessed us with. 

  • Kirby

    I just want to tell you I appreciate all that you have done for me! 

    Thank you!

  • Fred

    Wallace & Graham fought for my best interest against the company. They took their time and tried to help me understand the process and what I was entitled to under the law. I would recommend Wallace & Graham to others with legal needs. Megan and Whitney made this seem easy when I know it was difficult. 

  • Thomas

    Wallace & Graham have worked very hard for me on my hearing loss case. Mark and Frieda have done their homework and helped me win this case. It has not been easy or quick. Mark assured me that we had a good case, and that we would win. I am very satisfied with my attorney he dug deep and hit them hard – where it hurts. I know he had some trying times with Domtar’s lawyer and the industrial commission. I could not had made it without you.

    Thank you very much Mark and Frieda. 

  • Mildred

    Wallace & Graham diligently fought for justice for our family while dealing with the insurance company and Angela and Megan, so kindly, attended to any questions we had during the workman’s compensation process. I highly recommend them to friends with legal situations. 

  • Charles

    Wallace & Graham litigated two compensation cases for me and they explained my rights under the workers compensation laws and what I was entitled to.

    Wallace & Graham assisted my other legal matters through an associate named Cindy Cobble, who always directed me to someone to help me. Wallace & Graham is not just my law firm there are my friends as well. I would recommend them to any and all my family, friends and associates.

  • Howard

    Wallace & Graham law firm has gone far beyond my needs to help me with my legal concerns. From the first day I walked into their office, I was greeted by two of the nicest ladies at their front desk. These ladies made my wife and I feel totally welcomed and interested in our needs.

    I came here with workers comp questions and Whitney Wallace took my case. She greeted us and we felt like part of their family. Whitney was always there to answer all my questions. Please call Whitney if you have any worker comp concerns.

    I was also having hearing problems and Mark Doby started asking concerning questions and before I left there he was filing a hearing claim. He was awesome with my hearing claim. After years of not hearing well, he got me hearing aids and more. Thank you Mark for all the hard work you did for me!

    My wife and I would also like to thank Megan Hinson who handles all of our in between questions during our claims, you are the best! You were always there when we needed someone.

    If ever in need of a good lawyer, please contact Wallace & Graham law firm.

    They are the best! We love you guys! 

  • Jeremy

    Wallace & Graham successfully fought my case against many manufacturers and insurance companies. Many thanks to attorney Mike Pross, paralegal Beth Ousley, and the staff and complete support of this highly professional firm. I would highly recommend this firm for all your legal needs. Put a winning team on your side - a team from Wallace & Graham.


  • Robert

    I would recommend the firm of Wallace & Graham to anyone with any legal needs. They won a complicated workman’s compensation case for me. They always helped me understand each step of the process and regularly updated me on the progress of my case. I am completely satisfied with their help. 

  • Monroe

    I learned about Wallace & Graham through a friend. I will highly recommend them for any asbestos related illness or injury that could be covered under workman’s compensation. They did an outstanding job for me. It may take a while for results, but it is worth the time. They worked very hard and kept me posted on the progress of my settlement.

    Many thanks to Ed & Trish for their hard work and support. 

  • Davis

    Wallace & Graham worked for me for my best interest against insurance companies. It took a long time to settle with the insurance companies, but in the end it was worth the wait. At times it was Ed Pauley up against five insurance lawyers. But, Ed all ways came out on top. No layer could have done the job Wallace & Graham done for me. I have told lots of people about Wallace & Graham. You cannot do better. You can call me anytime I will tell anybody you are the best. I am really glad to talk and visit all of you at the office.

    Thank you for letting me tell what you all mean to me. 

  • Johnny

    I contacted Wallace & Graham and spoke with Whitney Wallace. She made me feel very comfortable when talking with her. She explained to me the things I needed to know to go forward with my case. She was very helpful and that’s why I went with Wallace & Graham. Whitney and everyone at the firm has been great. I would recommend Wallace & Graham to all that needed legal help. In my personal case I will be glad when it’s over, but I know cases take time, and I have time because Wallace & Graham gave me their time.

    Thank you. 

  • Percival

    I want to say thank you Wallace & Graham for all your hard work and commitment on my workers comp case. You are a team that wins! I couldn't have done it without all of your hard work, experience and capabilities. It's nice to know that when you really need help there are good and capable people there to help. I very much appreciate your honesty and integrity in handling a difficult situation. I would recommend Wallace & Graham to anyone with legal needs.

    Thank you again Wallace & Graham.

  • Deborah

    Our family was in need of legal help in 1993. I watched a very professional process with deep concern for my mother’s wrong doing from a large corporation. Mona Wallace fought for my mother’s case and won.

    In 2009, when I was in need of a very professional attorney, without a doubt, Wallace & Graham was my choice. Whitney Wallace and Megan Hinson are experienced with the workers’ compensation process. It is a wonderful relief to know someone cares and is willing to fight so hard for my rights.

    It is also a pleasure to work with the professional staff at Wallace & Graham. 

  • James

    I never thought I would have success in my workers’ compensation case, but Wallace & Graham really helped me. I was very happy with the results we got and Ed and Trish did a great job. They treated me like I was their number one client. They never gave up. 

  • Anonymous

    Special thanks to Whitney Wallace for assisting me with my workers compensation claim. Whitney and her paralegal, Megan, were patient and understanding. They stayed on top of any issues and assisted me through the entire process. Whitney reassured me that it was ok to seek the benefits that I was entitled to receive. The dedication and hard work of Whitney and Megan resulted in a settlement that I am very grateful to have received. 

  • David

    I recently received a $270 check from Wallace & Graham for workers' comp reimbursement for some of the costs that were deducted from my settlement.  I wanted to take the time to thank you for your efforts on my behalf.  What a better time than during the Christmas Season to find unexpected income.

    Thanks so much for all you and your team do at Wallace & Graham.

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How do I file a workers’ compensation claim?

First, you must immediately report your injury to a supervisor or manager, orally; and within 30 days, you should report your injury in writing.  Second, you must fill out and mail in an official Notice of Injury (Form 18) with the NC Industrial Commission.  This should be completed no later than 2 years from your date of injury or diagnosis.  To learn who your employer’s insurance carrier is visit the Insurance Coverage Search System.  

Will my employer fire me if I hire an attorney?

This question worries many injured workers.  Under the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), an employer is not permitted by law to fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim.  Many employers have written policies for termination.  We encourage injured workers who are worried about being terminated to contact an attorney for a free consultation.

How do I know if I need an attorney?

Denied claim

If you have been advised by an insurance adjuster that your claim has been denied, and you think your claim should have been accepted, you may want to run your injury facts by an attorney

Accepted claim

If your claim has been accepted as compensable; however, you are unsure what benefits you are entitled to; whether your adjuster or employer is treating you fairly; whether you are entitled to additional medical treatment/opinions; or whether a settlement offered to you is a fair one, you may want to contact an attorney for advice.  

How much does an attorney charge?

Wallace & Graham works on a “contingency-fee” basis, meaning our firm gets paid a percentage of the total settlement of your case, as well as recovery of costs.  The benefit of a contingency-fee to you is that if there is no recovery, there is no fee.

What benefits am I entitled to under workers’ compensation?

This answer depends heavily on the facts of your case.  Generally, you are entitled to compensation for lost earnings, permanent disability to a body part or organ, medical bills related to your injury (past and future), and mileage to and from medical appointments (over 20 miles round trip).  Lost earnings can include 2/3rds of your weekly pay while you are unable to work or 2/3rds the difference between your wages before and after the injury. To be certain you are receiving all benefits you are entitled to, you should run your injury facts by an attorney.

How long does a workers’ compensation claim take to pursue?

Workers’ compensation claims can take a few weeks to a few years to complete.  The time it will take to resolve a workers’ compensation claim depends on many factors.  If the employer accepts the claim as compensable, then you can get benefits relatively quickly.  If the claim is denied but the parties can settle without a hearing, the claim may take a few months.  If, however, the claim is denied and a hearing is necessary, the claim may not resolve for a couple of years or more.   Fortunately, most claims don’t require hearings and appeals.

Does the fact I receive Social Security Disability Benefits affect my ability to file a claim for worker’s compensation benefits?

No.  You may still file a workers’ compensation claim even if you receive Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits.  However, depending on the reason you receive SSD benefits, your entitlement to certain benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act may be limited.  Further, your SSD benefits may be reduced if you receive workers’ compensation benefits either through settlement or an award by the NC Industrial Commission.  To find out what affect if any your SSD benefits would have on a potential workers’ compensation claim, you should contact an attorney.