Wednesday, May 15, 2019

You Have Permanent Disability…Can you Apply for Social Security Disability as Well?

The short answer is maybe.  Yes, you MAY be able to collect disability benefits from social security.  Permanent partial disability, or PPD, is a term used by those who have recovered from their injury but are left with some level of impairment that is not expected to improve significantly. 

The workers' compensation definitions of disabled really don't carry any weight with Social Security.  If you currently receive PPD or if you settled with your worker's comp carrier for a lump-sum payment for PPD, you may wonder if you qualify for Social Security disability benefits.  These are questions that will affect the rest of your life!

Let’s find out exactly what you are entitled to.  I am Alden Cole of the Cole Law Firm serving Wilmington North Carolina and the surrounding area.  When I began fighting for the financial compensation rights of North Carolinians over 20 years ago, I made it my mission to understand the Social Security system inside and out.  Please call me at (910) 762-7604 for a sit-down at my office located at 2016 N. 4th St. Suite 9 in Wilmington.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Personal Injury vs. Workers’ Comp.

So… what is the difference between the two?  The single biggest difference is FAULT.  In a personal injury case someone else is at fault for the injury that has occurred to you or a loved one.  In the case of a Workers’ Compensation claim no one in particular needs to be blamed.  An accident happened and YOU need to be compensated.

Virtually, any employee injured on the job is entitled to Workers’ Compensation.  No one needs to spend time, expense, and effort to prove that someone else was negligent or that the workplace was an unsafe working environment.  You could have been totally to blame, but that does not negate your opportunity to be compensated according to the law.

That is where great legal advice comes into play.  You need to pursue your claim to the fullest extent.  You need to do it through the proper attorney.  Attorney Alden B. Cole is a workers’ comp attorney located in Wilmington NC.  He has represented workers injured on the job throughout the Tar Heel state for over 20 years.  Alden Cole handles every case personally. Call Alden and speak with him personally about your case at (910) 762-7604.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Things to do for 4th of July in Wilmington, NC

Get out the bunting and the Stars and Stripes—it’s time for the Fourth of July! Wilmington, NC will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, music, and all kinds of family fun. Click the link above for some of the best events for your hot holiday weekend.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Choosing a Disability Lawyer.

Filing for disability in the Tar Heel state is one of the most important things you will ever do.  Two-thirds of the applicants in North Carolina are rejected at first.  From there, they will have to undergo an appeal.  Proper representation may help not only with the initial approval, but also the all-important appeal process.

Beware of what is lurking in the woods.  There are Non-attorney disability representatives all over the state.  Some of them actually work on BEHALF of the system!  The task of your attorney is to present, in specific and exact order, the events that have resulted in your permanent disability.

The top North Carolina disability attorneys know that time is paramount.  A slow pace runs the risk of losing your claim forever.  Wilmington attorney Alden B. Cole is an aggressive Disability Lawyer in the Tar Heel state.  Call him today to arrange an appointment at his office at 201 North Front Street in Wilmington at (910) 762-7604.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DePuy Implants Improper Hip Replacements.

Manufacturer DePuy has admitted an error in what they refer to as their “measuring techniques” when designing metal hip replacement implants.  This is no small admission in that DePuy is one of the world’s largest hip implant placement manufacturers. These implants occurred from August 2005 through August 2010.

The bosses at DePuy have had to answer some tough questions.  They have already paid out settlements estimated at over $2.5 billion.  In a 2013 settlement, Johnson and Johnson provided an award of $250,000 to those who were more than 6 months removed from their original hip replacement surgery.

Has anyone that you know been effected by a DePuy hip replacement that has become defective?  You may be entitled to a settlement.  Even if you have not had any significant problems with your DePuy system as yet, you need to consult an attorney to discuss your options. Alden B. Cole is a Wilmington North Carolina DePuy Hip replacement attorney. Give him a call at his office today at (910) 762-7604.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

21st Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

May 28, 2016 to May 29, 2016
10:00 AM 

The 21st Annual Orange Street ArtsFest convenes adjacent to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The event is the largest arts festival in the Port City featuring more than 80 artists and $550 in prize money and includes live entertainment and food from Catch, Poor Piggy’s BBQ, North Carolina Sweet Tea, and Snowy of the Carolinas.  <click link above for more information>

Monday, May 16, 2016

Learn more about Workers’ Compensation.

If you or a loved one feel that you are entitled to workmans’ comp as we often refer to it, you need to understand it first.  It is the process of repairing and sustaining your life financially after a workplace mishap.  Workers’ compensation is a state mandated workers program.  It is not some charitable gift that your employer extends to you.

What are some of the typical questions about this important process?
1.  Does workers’ comp cover one’s medical bills?
2.  Are ALL workplace injuries covered by workmans’ comp?
3.  Does it ONLY cover injuries, or does it include long-term issues?
4.  Is every employee covered?
5.  May I choose my own doctor, or am I relegated to the ones they choose for me?

These questions among others become a part of the conversation when an injury occurs at work.  The very first thing that you must do is seek the council of a professional.  Attorney Alden Cole will give you the advice you need and aggressively represent you in North Carolina.  Call Alden Cole today to begin seeking the compensation you deserve at his Wilmington office at (910) 762-7604.