Our workers’ compensation defense attorneys find solutions
In some workers’ compensation claims, employees seek benefits for illnesses they believe were caused by long-term exposure to hazardous substances or conditions in the workplace. These exposure claims are complicated and can be difficult to resolve. It takes experienced legal representation to limit liability and control costs.
Since 2011, Eller Tonnsen Bach, LLC has been helping insurance carriers, third party administrators, self-insured businesses and uninsured businesses throughout North Carolina and South Carolina resolve workers’ compensation claims. We develop legal strategies to find solutions that meet the needs of our clients.
Hazardous substances and workplace conditions cited in exposure claims include toxic chemicals, radiation, asbestos, fumes, loud noises and work that involves power tools or repetitive motion. These types of claims can involve a wide range of illnesses and health conditions. Examples include cancer, lung disease, asthma, skin disease, poisoning, hearing loss and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Cost-effective resolutions of complicated claims
Workers’ compensation laws in North Carolina and South Carolina recognize occupational diseases, though claimants must prove certain elements, including that workplace exposure significantly contributed to their illness or health condition.
Exposure claims are challenging for a number of reasons. Symptoms may not appear for years after the exposure. Medical expenses for treating the illness or condition can be significant and ongoing. Recovery can be a lengthy process. Claimants also often have attorneys who are prepared to litigate.
That’s why it’s important to have an experienced attorney handling your defense. Our legal team can:
- Assess the validity of the initial claim and verify that the correct forms were submitted, reporting procedures were followed and deadlines were met.
- Investigate the workplace and claimant’s employment history for exposure to a hazardous substance or condition.
- Investigate the claimant’s medical history.
- Investigate other possible causes of the claimant’s illness or condition.
- Depose witnesses.
- Depose medical experts on the illness or condition reported.
- Represent your organization in mediation hearings.
- Negotiate a settlement.
- Represent your organization in court proceedings.
- Monitor claimant’s adherence to treatment instructions.
Exposure claims are complex and can have significant financial implications for your organization. Our attorneys can thoroughly research the claim you are processing and design a legal strategy that can lead to a resolution that meets your needs. We are committed to getting the best possible outcome.
A record of getting results for clients
Our firm was founded by workers’ compensation attorney Daniel B. Eller, who has extensive experience defending claims in North Carolina and South Carolina. Attorney Eller is a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation by the North Carolina State Bar. He has represented major insurers, third-party administrators and national corporations.
We have three offices in two states and have multiple attorneys on staff ready to defend the exposure claim you are processing. Our team understands the impact these claims can have on your organization. We work quickly and efficiently and can help you navigate the legal process toward a cost-effective resolution.