Workers’ Compensation Team Overview

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Team Skills & Experience Brief:

  • Best Law Firms, Tier 1 Ranking, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, Greenville
  • Best Law Firms, Tier 1 Ranking, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, Columbia
  • 2013 Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, Greenville, Mills Gallivan
  • Experienced in the handling of matters before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, the South Carolina Circuit Courts, and the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • Experienced in the handling of matters before the full North Carolina Industrial Commission, Deputy Commissioners, and North Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • Has been providing workers’ compensation defense for corporations, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers for over 37 years.

best-law-firms-SMALLer2015-logoGWB’s Workers’ Compensation Team concentrates its practice exclusively on the defense of employers, insurance carriers, self-insured corporations, third party administrators, and claims-servicing agencies for claims arising out of matters in South Carolina and North Carolina. Job-related injury claims are handled from the initial investigation and counseling stage, and team members provide advice and recommendations on decisions regarding compensability, risk/benefit analysis and management, cost assessment and containment, and medical provider recommendations and management.  The team handles a wide array of workers’ compensation injury claims including but not limited to:

  • Asbestos Exposure
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Death Claims & Related Beneficiary Issues
  • Mental
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Paraplegia
  • Permanent and Total Disability
  • Psychiatric/Psychological Overlay
  • Quadriplegia
  • Repetitive Trauma
  • Spinal Injury
  • Stroke and Heart Attacks
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Additionally, Workers’ Compensation Team members routinely defend claims through initial hearings before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, as well as appeals before the Full Commission and various North and South Carolina circuit and appellate courts. A complement of paralegals and support staff that are likewise dedicated to the efficient defense and management of workers’ compensation claims assist these attorneys. These experiences have allowed the firm’s attorneys to cultivate an array of skills and knowledge that have contributed to the effective representation of clients in the following industries:

  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Golf Courses
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Staffing & Employment Agencies
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Workers Comp Claim Form ImageGWB’s Workers’ Compensation Team uses a team approach to the resolution of claims for clients. Attorneys are supported by other attorneys on the team in regular non-billable round table discussions of unique issues. GWB also has an outstanding, experienced support staff of paralegals and administrative assistants to assist the team with the efficient preparation and filing of the numerous forms and paperwork that are a part of an active workers’ compensation practice. GWB attorneys believe that this systematic approach will not only meet but exceed the expectations of the clients they represent.  A small sample of the clients defended by the workers’ compensation team in the past are included below:

  • AIG
  • Assisted Living Concepts
  • Auto Owners Insurance Company
  • Broadspire
  • Budweiser
  • Charter Communications
  • Coca-Cola
  • DH Griffin
  • Emeritus
  • Employers Insurance
  • Family Dollar
  • Florida Hospitality Mutual
  • General Electric
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • Michelin
  • Nissan
  • Occusure
  • PHTS
  • Sedgwick
  • Sompo
  • State Farm Insurance Company
  • Swift Transportation
  • Synergy
  • Travelers
  • USA Truck

Self-Insured Employers

GWB’s Workers’ Compensation Team has developed extensive experience and skills in the handling of matters in all phases of workers’ compensation litigation for self-insured employers. Workers’ compensation claims handled in-house by employers or through third party administrators can provide significant economic and logistical benefits.  Self-insuring or self-funding employers have the ability to control the defense of a workers’ compensation claim, safeguard against negative organizational culture impacts, and meet financial goals. GWB attorneys will work with the client to map out a strategy for each matter at hand.  The first step in that process is understanding how the client’s business functions.  The Workers’ Compensation Team believes it is critical to identify the current needs of the business as well as its future business goals.  The team will then determine how each individual claim and its possible solutions will affect the client’s overall business. The team diligently works to systematically and strategically offer self-insured employers the most cost-effective approach in the handling of claims.