January 18, 2021 (Charlotte, NC) — Mehta & McConnell, PLLC is proud to announce that Attorney Viral Mehta has been selected as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers® 2022 North Carolina list. Every year, Super Lawyers® invites attorneys around the country to nominate the top lawyers they’ve seen in action within their state. For Rising Stars, the candidates must be under 40 years old or in practice for 10 years or less. While upwards of 5% of attorneys within a state make the Super Lawyers® list, only 2.5% are selected as Rising Stars. The rigorous, comprehensive selection process helps Super Lawyers® list the most credible attorneys within their state.Keep Reading
Mehta & McConnell Injury Lawyers Extraordinary Legal Help for Workers In Need
We understand that hiring an attorney is the last thing you want to think about. That’s why you should hire a firm that has the knowledge, dedication, and experience to deliver you the results that you deserve.
When you hire Mehta & McConnell, you will be working directly with North Carolina State Bar board-certified workers’ compensation attorneys. Our team of attorneys has over 30 years of combined legal experience handling complex and simple cases.
We were both defense attorneys so we know how insurance companies think and evaluate claims. Knowing how our opponent plays the game gives us a level playing field and helps us achieve the results our clients need and deserve.
If you are dealing with a workplace injury, lost wages, or any other work related legal and financial problem, schedule a free, non-commitment consultation with an attorney that specializes in workers’ compensation.
- Always here for his client“Mr. Mehta was very professional He helped my mom from step one all the way to the finish line He had interpreters to help translate when I wasn’t able to help. He was kind and gets the job done He is here for his clients one hundred percent until the end”- Luz via Avvo
- Really went to bat for me..."Viral did a great job handling my case and really went to bat for me. If I ever need an attorney again I won't hesitate to contact him.”- Sebastian McShane via Google
- He Will fight for you...“He Will fight for you like a mama bear defending her cubs!”- Stefan James via Google
$100,000 settlementRight hip injury to restaurant employee
$95,000 settlementRight shoulder injury to warehouse forklift driver
$90,000 settlementLeft knee injury to construction worker
How Can We Help You?
If you were injured at work, we can help you with all aspects of your North Carolina workers’ compensation claim. We will fight so you receive all of the medical treatment and lost wages you are entitled to under the law
If you are out of work due to your work injury, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits for your lost wages. Our attorneys can help you prove your claim for disability compensation.
Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers
Undocumented workers have the same rights to North Carolina workers’ compensation benefits as any other injured worker. Undocumented workers have full rights to receive benefits for lost wages and medical treatment.
Warehouse and Factory Accidents
Workers in warehouses and factories have to operate heavy machinery and work in crowded environments, increasing their risk of injury. We have represented workers you have been involved in a wide variety of warehouse and factory accidents. Let us help you in your claim!
Meet The Attorneys
Over 30 years of combined experience. Focusing on Workers’ Compensation litigation in North Carolina.
- How should I respond when the insurance company wants to take my recorded statement? The insurance company is probably thinking about denying your case if they have asked to take your recorded statement. The insurance adjuster will try to get you to make statements that weaken your claim. You should always contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney before giving a recorded statement.
- How much should I receive in weekly lost wages? If you are out of work due to your work injury, you should receive tax-free benefits in the amount of ⅔ of your pre-injury average weekly wage. The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act contains a weekly maximum and minimum of disability benefits. If you are back at work but making less than you did prior to your injury, then you are entitled to receive ⅔ of the difference in wages.
- What should I do if my case was denied? You should immediately contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Our North Carolina board-certified workers’ compensation attorneys can help you fight the denial of your case. We will try to resolve the dispute with the insurance company, but we are also prepared to take your case to a hearing if necessary.
- When should I consider hiring an attorney? Hiring an attorney early in your claim will likely maximize your recovery. Even if the insurance company is paying for your treatment and lost wages, disputes may arise later in your case. At that point, it may be too late for an attorney to preserve your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
- How are workers’ compensation attorneys paid? Workers’ compensation attorneys are paid on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless you do. North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney fees are generally 25% of the amount your attorney recovers for an injured worker.
You may have a lot of questions when you injure yourself at work. Some questions relate to what happens, how you’ll get your medical bills paid, and who’s going to pay you when you’re out of work due to your injury. The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act might seem confusing. Do you trust your employer, or should you hire an attorney? These are all legitimate concerns and questions. The lawyers at Mehta & McConnell focus their practice on fighting for the rights of injured workers in the greater Charlotte area and throughout North Carolina. For over 30 years, we have successfully represented injured workers. We focus our practice on fighting for the rights you deserve. You do not have to go through this alone. Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina The North Carolina workers’ comp system is simple. With at-work injuries, workers’ comp insurance pays your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. Most workers’ comp claims are taken care of quickly. The worker suffers an injury, gets treatment, is out of work for a while, then returns to full-time work once they are better. But not all cases are this simple. Sometimes there is a dispute and you need to hire a lawyer to help you win the benefits owed to you. Under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, you should receive two-thirds of your average weekly gross wages for every week you are off work due to the injury. Further, these wage benefits are not taxed. This wage benefit is called temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. If your injury has become permanent, you may be entitled to receive permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. A PPD injury is one where a specific body part is permanently injured. Your doctor will assign a percentage of disability to that body part. Depending upon that percentage, you will be paid a set number of weeks of PPD. If your condition is so severe that you are permanently and totally disabled, then you are entitled to wage benefits for the rest of your life. What If the Work Injury Was My Fault? North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act states that it is a no-fault system. This means that it doesn’t matter whose fault the accident was, unless you intentionally injured yourself or were impaired or intoxicated. Even if the employee is careless and injured themselves, they would still get workers’ compensation in North Carolina. Can I Settle My Workers’ Comp Claim? With the help of an experienced North Carolina workers’ comp lawyer, you can settle your claim if the situation calls for it. Depending on the facts of your case, it may make sense to wait until you reach maximum medical improvement before negotiating a settlement. This means your healing has reached its limit and there’s nothing else the doctors can do for you. The most common type of workers’ comp settlement is a clincher agreement. A clincher agreement is where you completely settle all your future rights to workers’ comp benefits, both medical and wages. After you agree on a dollar amount, then your case is settled and the claim is closed. You cannot go back in the future to ask for more benefits for the same injury. Contact the North Carolina Workers’ Comp Lawyers at Mehta & McConnell to Get the Benefits You Need North Carolina’s workers’ comp laws can be confusing and difficult to understand. But we are here to use our decades of experience to help win your benefits. Contact us today to set up an initial consultation.Keep Reading
Suffering from a back injury at work can be very serious and keep you from earning a living. Work-related back injuries are very common, especially in industries where employees have to perform continuous lifting of heavy objects. If your back injury is caused by work and it keeps you from working, you’re entitled to get your medical bills paid as well as weekly wage loss benefits. The wage benefits will stop when you get better and return to work. But in some cases, the employee doesn’t get better and is out of work for months or even years. If this is the case, you need to discuss your options with an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer. They can help you understand what your workers’ comp settlement of a back injury may be worth. The North Carolina workers’ comp lawyers at Mehta & McConnell have been representing injured workers throughout North Carolina for over 30 years. We can discuss with you your options and help you make decisions about whether to seek a workers’ comp settlement of your back injury. We are here to help protect your rights to receive your full and fair workers’ comp benefits. Common Work-Related Back Injuries North Carolina workers hurt their backs all the time. Usually, the more physical the labor, the more risk of a back injury. Work-related back injuries can be caused by lifting heavy objects, constant twisting, sudden falls, car or truck accidents, and other physical injuries. Here are the common types of back injuries we see at our North Carolina workers’ comp law firm: Pulled muscles; Herniated discs; Bulging discs; Fractured vertebrae; Damaged, bruised, or severed spinal cord; Paraplegia; and Quadriplegia. Most of these specific injuries can easily prevent someone from performing their normal work activities. If so, then that worker is entitled to wage and medical benefits. Average Workers’ Comp Settlement for a Back Injury Most workers’ comp claims are fairly simple. The employee gets hurt, is out of work for a while, gets treatment, and returns to work. These simple claims often take care of themselves without the need for lawyers. Workers’ comp claims involving serious back injuries are more complicated. These are the claims where you want to discuss a possible workers’ comp settlement of your back injury claim. Unfortunately, there is no set formula that you can use to come up with an average settlement of a back injury claim. Every case is different, and a settlement will depend upon many factors. If your injury keeps you from work for a period of time, you receive temporary total disability (TTD) wage benefits. TTD benefits pay up to 66% of your regular pre-tax salary while you are unable to work. If it turns out that your back injury will be permanent in nature, then your claim may turn into a permanent partial disability (PPD) case. Under PPD claims, your doctor will place a permanent percentage of loss on the body part involved. For example, your doctor may say that your back injury caused a 15% permanent loss of use of your spine. Under North Carolina workers’ comp law, a schedule lists the number of weeks of TTD you get for certain percentages of permanent disability. Section 97-31 lists the amount of benefits you would receive based upon the loss of use of various body parts. For the total loss of the back, the law allows for 300 weeks of TTD. Therefore, if your doctor rates your back injury as 15% permanent disability, then you’re paid 15% of 300 weeks (45 weeks) of your TTD weekly wage rate. Before you accept a PPD rating, it is important that you discuss your case in detail with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer. Should You Accept a Clincher Agreement? A clincher agreement is where the workers’ comp insurance company pays out your benefits in a lump sum amount, rather than over time. Once you receive the lump sum amount, your claim is closed. This type of settlement closes down your wage claim as well as your medical benefits. Clincher agreements are usually significantly more than a PPD percentage rating payment under the schedule because you are also giving up your rights for any potential future medical care. These agreements are complicated, and you don’t want to make important decisions without first discussing your options with a lawyer. Contact a North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyer You don’t have to go through your workers’ comp injury claim alone. The North Carolina workers’ comp lawyers at Mehta & McConnell have been representing seriously injured workers for over 30 years. We can explain to you the average workers’ comp settlement for a back injury. We will answer all your questions and help you through the entire process. Contact Mehta & McConnell today to schedule an initial consultation to learn more about how we can assist you.Keep Reading