Legal Lunchable: Worker’s Compensation
Worker’s Compensation video by William Goldfarb, Attorney at Law, The Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb
Hi. I’m William Goldfarb. I’m the owner of the Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb. Today’s Legal Lunchable is about worker’s compensation. A lot of folks don’t know it but if you’re hurt at work you may have a very good claim. When I say a good claim, it’s a claim where you can get compensation for any permanent injury and medical bills and treatment for doctors. And people may not understand because the rules are so confusing with worker’s comp what is a viable case, which means a case that you can move forward, and what’s not. And I want to give you an example.
There was a school teacher in Mecklenburg County and she was a gym teacher. And every single year she taught a course, gymnastics, and one of the things she would do is a forward roll. Every year, she did a forward roll. This one year, there was a girl who was a good gymnast. So this teacher did three forward rolls in a row to try to get that student to do more than one. When she did that, she actually severely injured her neck. And she came to us because the school system had denied the claim because there was no accident. In other words, she didn’t do anything different. She always did forward rolls and this time she did three. But she didn’t fall. She didn’t twist an ankle. No one hit her or anything like that. And what we were able to do using the law in North Carolina is to show to the North Carolina Industrial Commission that when you do three forward rolls the movement is different than when you do one. And we won the case by showing what she did was unusual. And that in itself can be an accident at work.
So if you, a family member, a loved one, is hurt at work, give us a call. We would love to try to help you.