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Theleria’s Injury Story | Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A.

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Well, that day was like every day at the job for me. I was getting ready to go, it was actually the end of the day, and I was cleaning up, and I just leaned over to get my waste paper basket, and when I reached for the paper basket, the chair broke, and I fell onto my right leg, which had already had a knee replacement on it. Adrenaline, I got myself up, but I can see at that moment, my leg just blew up. It went from ankle size to bigger than thigh size.

Being in the hospital, they immediately sent me to the hospital’s urgent care, where I had x-rays done. After we got the x-rays, it looked like my prosthetics had moved. I was like, “that just don’t look right to me.” I called my son, came on home, and I wait. Pain beyond belief. But more than pain, was the uncertainty of what I saw on the x-ray, because my biggest fear, after I had my surgeries, if I ever fell, will it knock it out of place. All I wanted to do was get to someone who knew what a prosthetic knee looked like, and get it handled, and get the PT done, and get back to work. So I said, “Okay, we’re gonna push into life and get 100% or at least 90% and I will push from there.” And, it never got to that point.

After about 6 months, I realized that going back to work was not going to be in the cards for me right now. My lawyer friend is actually my best friend, so we talk regularly anyway. And he says, “Yeah I think you need to seek counsel.” I panicked, I don’t even know where to go. I don’t know anybody, you’re in Florida, you don’t have any connections here in North Carolina. He says, “Well they have services that will, you know, give you a few people, and if you don’t like them, go to the next person.” I met with the first office, something, it felt like they were not listening to me. And the next one on my list was Younce and Vtipil.

I remember, very vividly, he said, “I understand what you’re going through and it’s very difficult, but don’t worry. We’re gonna be here for you. And there are two things that have to happen. You concentrate on you getting better, and I’ll concentrate on making sure they take care of you like they should.”

Theleria’s someone who has, all her life, worked hard, done the things that everyone wants to do, have a family, build a home, have a career. And when this workers’ comp accident happened, it really threw her for a loop. And so what we had to do was let her know that we can handle the legal issues. I wanted her to be concerned more about getting well.

They would just call just to check to see how I was doing. They got the paperwork from physical therapy, they got the paperwork from the doctor’s office, but still they call to see how I was doing.

One of the things that I did with Theleria was sit down and tell her about my life experience as well as how I approach the kind of case that she was presenting to me. And, through education and through talking to her, we’ve become her lawyer but also her friend. Whatever the issue is, if she needs to call us and talk about it, we’re there for her.

One of the things that sticks out in my mind is now that we have gotten past the settlement, I got a hug, and I teared up because it felt that good it felt good for it to be over with. It was a heartfelt hug: “Were always here, call at anytime. I appreciate that.” I never expected to come out of it with a relationship with the people involved in the firm. I didn’t expect the personal attention, the personal caring. I knew they would be able to do their job, they’re a very successful firm. But the other part, to me, it made more than a difference.


Choosing the right Law Firm makes all the difference. Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. is a highly respected law firm with offices in Raleigh, NC and serving all of North Carolina. Our attorneys handle a variety of claims, including automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents, workers’ compensation injuries, Social Security disability claims, wrongful death cases, harmful drug injuries, slip and fall injuries, and product liability claims, such as asbestos. Although most of our cases settle out of court, if it is in our client’s best interest, we are ready, willing and able to take a case to trial. Don’t settle for second best. Call Us today! We offers a free initial consultation, which allows you the opportunity to sit with us and go over the facts of your case.

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