In North Carolina, when a worker is killed in a workplace accident, his widow and children typically are entitled to receive worker’s compensation death benefits. However, the situation can be very complicated when the worker dies while unmarried. In 2018, we held a full evidentiary hearing before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and successfully obtained […]
In August of 2016, we were associated by an out-of-state attorney regarding a motor vehicle collision that occurred in North Carolina over a year earlier. The collision was caused by a vehicle owned by a landscaping company, and the insurance company for the landscaper had refused to engage in settlement discussions, claiming that the driver […]
We successfully litigated a personal injury claim for a 74 year old woman who was savagely attacked by three dogs in her own yard, and obtained a $1,000,000 judgment in Wayne County Superior Court. Our investigation revealed that the owners of the dogs and the home where the animals were kept had no insurance and […]
Riddle & Brantley are the most amazing, sweet, professional, patient, understanding, knowledgeable, well, I guess you can see what I think of them. My case was settled exactly one year to the day of the accident.
I really enjoyed how Riddle & Brantley worked with me through this whole process, always with a kind voice and the smiles were so inviting. This allowed me to know that I picked the right law firm for my case.
When a person is involved in a car wreck or other type of accident that causes injuries, the devastation can be more than financial. In addition to medical expenses, property damage, and even lost wages, an individual may experience pain and suffering. Pain and suffering can be somewhat harder to quantify than economic losses but […]
Thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes are a fact of life in North Carolina during this time of year. As you likely know from personal experience, severe weather can be extremely dangerous. Slick roads, strong winds, lightning, floods and falling objects are common hazards caused by severe weather. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to […]
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently made several recommendations aimed at increasing the safety of school buses. These recommendations came shortly after a school bus accident in New Jersey that led to two deaths and 40+ injuries. According to the NTSB, states should require new school buses to use three-point seatbelts. Presently, it is […]
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The firm’s founding partner, Attorney Gene A. Riddle, has represented thousands of North Carolinians in his years in practice. Cases he handles include personal injury, workers’ compensation, SSD, and wrongful death. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Riddle is personally committed to helping those in the Raleigh area pursue justice. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, a group of less than one percent of U.S. attorneys that have achieved verdicts, awards, or settlements for in excess of $1 million or for many millions of dollars. Recently, he was honored as a recipient of the 2014 Litigator’s Award in multiple categories, a feat achieved by fewer than 1% of all lawyers. In addition, he has earned the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent.
Attorney J. Christopher Brantley has assisted thousands of injured employees for workers’ compensation benefits in his years of practice. He is also one of less than one percent of attorneys in the U.S. admitted to the elite Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. He is listed in “Top 100” by the American Trial Lawyers Association. His specialty lies in Workers’ Compensation, a designation earned from the North Carolina State Bar.
Attorney Sean A. Cole manages our Raleigh office, focusing on auto accidents, personal injury litigation, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and premises liability cases. He has the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent™, and is also a member of the elite Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.
Attorney Scott A. Scurfield is an associate also located in Raleigh. He focuses on Social Security Disability claims, veterans’ claims for VA benefits, and auto accidents. A former Assistant Public Defender, Scott has a broad range of legal knowledge and skill. He is a dedicated advocate in the courtroom and at administrative hearings.
With over 180 years of shared experience, the team at Riddle & Brantley, LLP focuses on several areas of law. Every person we represent is served with dedication, compassion, and the highest level of client service.
Personal Injury Cases
In the legal terms, Personal Injury (PI) is an injury caused to the body, mind, or emotion as a result of someone else’s negligence. Our firm represents the injured in personal injury cases, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, construction accidents, dog bite cases, dangerous drugs, wrongful death, and defective medical devices, among others. If you or your family have been unlucky to be injured in an accident that happened because of someone else’s fault, you should talk to our experienced Personal Injury Attorney to discuss your case.
Traffic accidents are the most common cause of personal injury and property damage. If you or your family were injured or your car sustained damage in an accident caused by someone’s negligence, the law entitles you to receive compensation for your personal injury, medical bills, loss of work and/or future earnings, emotional distress, and the cost of repairs. On the other hand, if you face PI and property damage claims from an accident that was supposedly your fault, you again need legal protection to minimize or avoid the financial burden. Our legal team is often involved in car accident injury cases of all types, even those involving bicycles and pedestrians. With a free case evaluation, you can quickly get the critical information you need about the merits of your case.
Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a list of conditions that automatically qualify you for disability benefits, but not every medical condition is listed in the manual. Moreover, the criteria for the listed impairments are quite stringent. The process of getting Social Security benefits is complicated and requires you to present numerous documents including credible medical evidence and up-to-date medical records in the right format, with the correct information, if you want to win your case. It is a sad fact that a majority of SSD claims are disallowed because the applicants don’t get appropriate legal help. Denied claims must be appealed and our firm takes on these cases with confidence and with an exceptional level of experience.
Injured workers are often in the position of being unable to function in their profession, but the benefits paid are only a portion of wages up to a limit, with no payment due for pain and suffering. This happens when employees sign up for workman compensation insurance offered by the employer, whereby they relinquish their right to sue the employee for damages for negligence. However, some cases may involve gross negligence of safety procedures and create third party liability. If you have been injured at work or have acquired a medical condition caused by workplace factors, you may be eligible to recover a larger amount in compensation for you and your family. We serve as counsel in the initial application for benefits, appeals, and third party claims.
Our Involvement with the Raleigh Community
Our firm is involved in various activities to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Raleigh community. Riddle & Brantley, LLP is part of the North Carolina Adopt-A Highway Program, which helps to keep our state beautiful and the Newbern House, a facility for the disadvantaged. The firm also assists students with mentoring, mock trials, and other activities to help advance the skills of students interested in the law.
We care about our community and we will continue to invest our time and efforts into various community groups and volunteer activities.
Animal groups: We are avid dog and cat lovers and have contributed to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SCPA) of Wake County. The SCPA is a leader in animal welfare in North Carolina, focusing on adoption, spay/neuter, and education programs with the goal of ending euthanasia of adoptable pets.
Children’s wellness:We are a proud sponsor of the April 2015 Dr. Perry Kirch Golf Tournamentto benefit children’s health & wellness programs, including the Choboy Tennis Academy at NC State and children who have lost parents or have been injured during military duty (www.PatriotGolfDay).
Educational efforts: We have accepted several interns enrolled in Meredith College’s Paralegal Program and we work closely with the program’s director.
Business groups: We have an A+ rating from the Eastern North Carolina Better Business Bureau and we have been an accredited business since 2002. Our association with the Better Business Bureau shows our commitment to client service.
Military families: Eastern North Carolina has several military bases and we play a part in helping military families located here. We have served as a sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project near Fort Bragg.
Pro bono work: We have participated in the Call4All Program of the North Carolina Bar Association, which allows private attorneys to provide pro bono service to low income persons in North Carolina. Advice is provided in several legal areas, including private landlord/tenant, public and subsidized housing, Medicaid, disability and non-disability issues in Social Security matters, consumer collections, employee rights, custody, guardianship, and simple estates.
Raleigh Legal Information
Personal injury cases are filed and litigated in the District Court or the Superior Court of North Carolina’s court system. The factors that determine the court in which your case will be resolved include the amount of damages at issue. The Wake County Justice Center is located at 300 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh. The old courthouse is located at 316 Fayetteville St., also in downtown Raleigh.
Workers’ Compensation Information
Workers’ compensation hearings may be held in cases of workplace injury, illness, or death that came about as a result of a job-related accident or occupational disease. Benefits are available through the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which administers the Workers’ Compensation Act. For workers’ compensation cases, Deputy Commissioner Hearings are held in several locations, including Raleigh.