Mathew E. Flatow

SeiferFlatow, PLLC
Contact: 704.512.0606
Experience:
Law School: Wake Forest University School of Law - Wake Forest University
Jurisdiction: North Carolina

OVERVIEW

About Mathew E. Flatow
*** Watch my videos below for answers to common workers' compensation and employment law questions. *** As a Partner at SeiferFlatow, PLLC, Mathew’s mission is to help individuals by combining a high level of customer service with aggressive advocacy. Mathew counsels injured, mistreated, discriminated against and terminated workers with their claims against large corporations and insurance companies. Mathew was named to the North Carolina Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-¬coming attorneys in North Carolina for 2012, 2013 & 2014. Recently, Business North Carolina named Mathew a Legal Elite - Young Guns for 2014. Mathew was also named to the National Trial Lawyers’ list of the top 40 litigators in the State of North Carolina under the age of 40. Mathew maintains a perfect 10 out of 10 rating on AVVO.com.
Directory Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • DUI & DWI
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    • All major credit cards accepted.
  • Contingent Fees
    • No fee without successful recovery for personal injury and workers' compensation cases.
  • Free Consultation
    • Free consultation on personal injury and workers' compensation cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
Languages
 SpokenWritten
EnglishYesYes
Spanish Yes
Professional Experience
Partner, SeiferFlatow, PLLC
-Current
Counsels injured, mistreated, discriminated against and terminated workers with their claims against large corporations and insurance companies.
Associate Attorney, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP
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Associate attorney in the firm's Charlotte office. My practice focused in the areas of general civil litigation and workers' compensation..
Legal Clerk, Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina
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Interviewed domestic abuse victims and researched allegations to determine the viability of cases.
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law - Wake Forest UniversityJ.D.Law
University of Notre DameB.A.Political Science
Awards
North Carolina Rising Star 2014, Super Lawyers Magazine
Mathew was named to the North Carolina Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-­coming attorneys in North Carolina for 2014. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
Legal Elite - Young Guns, Business North Carolina
North Carolina Business Journal’s list of Legal Elite for 2014. This honor recognizes the fact that his courtroom achievements and skills are acknowledged by both the general public as well as by fellow members of the legal community.
North Carolina Rising Star 2013, Super Lawyers Magazine
Mathew was named to the North Carolina Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-­coming attorneys in North Carolina for 2013. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
Top 40 Litigators in State of North Carolina Under 40, National Trial Lawyers
Named to the National Trial Lawyers’ list of the top 40 litigators in the State of North Carolina under the age of 40. Each year, no more than 40 of the lawyers in the state under the age of 40 receive this honor. Membership into the Top 40 under 40 association is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young trial lawyer. It is also in a large part based on peer review and nomination.
Top 100 Trial Attorneys in North Carolina, National Trial Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by National Trial Lawyers Association. Mathew has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers for 2012 and 2013. Each year, no more than 100 lawyers in the country receive the distinction of top 100 litigators. Membership into the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America association is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a trial lawyer. It is also in a large part based on peer review and nomination.
North Carolina Rising Star 2012, Super Lawyers Magazine
Mathew was named to the North Carolina Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-­coming attorneys in North Carolina for 2012. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
Top 40 Litigators in State of North Carolina Under 40, National Trial Lawyers
Named to the National Trial Lawyers’ list of the top 40 litigators in the State of North Carolina under the age of 40. Each year, no more than 40 of the lawyers in the state under the age of 40 receive this honor. Membership into the Top 40 under 40 association is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young trial lawyer. It is also in a large part based on peer review and nomination.
Professional Associations
Member, North Carolina Advocates of Justice
-Current
Member, North Carolina State Bar
-Current

VIDEOS

I got hurt at work, do I qualify for Workers Compensation?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com I got hurt at work, do I qualify for Workers Compensation? Generally speaking, if you had an accident at work that led to an injury, you qualify for workers compensation in North Carolina. Typically, an accident involves a slip, trip, fall or other untoward event. However, simply being able to describe a specific traumatic event may be sufficient if the injury is to your back. Also, if you suffer from a disease related to your work environment, you may qualify for workers compensation. The law is complex and every situation deserves to be analyzed on its own merits.

SeiferFlatow, PLLC - What qualifies as wrongful termination?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What qualifies as wrongful termination? Wrongful termination is often confused with the concept of being unfairly fired. In North Carolina, fairness has nothing to do with wrongful termination. In order for your termination to qualify as wrongful termination, you must show that you were either discriminated against, retaliated against for participating in a protected activity, refusing to commit an illegal or unsafe act or other reasons that violates North Carolina public policy.

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What is a hostile work environment?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What is a hostile work environment? People commonly misunderstand what a hostile work environment is from a legal perspective. Having a mean boss who yells a lot does not constitute a hostile work environment from a legal standpoint. To prove that you are part of a hostile work environment, you must show that you are part of a protected class as defined by your race, gender, age, religion, disability, etc. and that you were subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct because of your protected class. It is also important to note that the behavior must be considered severe and pervasive to be defined as an abusive work environment.

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What is a disability rating?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What is a disability rating? A disability rating is a doctor’s broad judgment on the percentage of loss to your injured body part. For example, if you have an arm injury, the doctor may give you a 10% rating to your arm which means that the doctor believes your arm is only 90% from where it was pre-injury. The North Carolina Industrial Commission has provided a Ratings Guide to define the percentage of loss to a body part post injury. The rating is put into a formula to define the amount of compensation your injured body part is worth. It is best to have an experienced North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorney help you calculate the value of your rating and, if appropriate, get a second doctor to provide an opinion on your rating which may increase the value of your case.

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What constitutes retaliation?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What constitutes retaliation? Retaliation in the workforce is different than how we normally think of the definition of retaliation. Retaliation in a legal sense is when an employee receives an adverse employment action such as termination, demotion, etc. for participating in a protected activity. Protected activities include filing a complaint with the EEOC, complaining about discrimination, filing a workers compensation complaint, refusing to break the law and reporting your employer to OSHA.

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What compensation are injured employees entitled to under North Carolina Workers Compensation law?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What compensation are injured employees entitled to under North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law? Generally speaking, an injured worker should be provided all medical care needed to provide relief from pain and effectuate a cure to the condition. In addition, should the injured worker miss time from work, they should be paid two-thirds of their gross wages as compensation. Finally, at the end of the case, the injured worker may be entitled to a settlement which should factor in their future needs and/or their disability rating.

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North Carolina is an at will employment state What does that mean?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com North Carolina is an "at-will" employment state. What does this mean? Simply put, employment “at-will” means that an employer can terminate an employee without just cause and without any warning. Conversely, an employee is permitted to quit a job without giving notice for any reason. Practically speaking, “at-will” employment makes it possible for employers to terminate employees for any non-discriminatory reason without having to fear legal repercussions.

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I have been offered a severance agreement, should I have an attorney review it?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com I have been offered a severance agreement, should I have an attorney review it? The severance agreement provided by your employer was drafted by their legal counsel, it only makes sense for you to have an attorney looking out for your interests review it as well. Having an attorney review the agreement will make sure that it is a balanced document that will not harm you going forward. Further, the attorney will make sure that you are not waiving any rights that should not be waived. Finally, the attorney can advise whether the compensation is adequate or if you should negotiate a better deal.

How do I prove that I was wrongfully terminated?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com How do I prove that I was wrongfully terminated? The easiest way to prove that you were wrongfully terminated is through direct evidence. If there was a conversation, email or document that shows you were fired due to your race, religion, age, national origin, sex or being a member of some other protected class, then you can prove wrongful termination. If there is no direct evidence, it may be possible to show that the circumstances around your termination indirectly prove you were wrongfully terminated.

Can an employee be terminated for filing a workers compensation claim?
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com Can an employee be terminated for filing a workers’ compensation claim? North Carolina has a Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) that specifically prevents employers from firing an employee because they have filed a workers compensation claim. If you have been fired after filing a claim, you may file a complaint with the Department of Labor. The best practice may be to talk about your situation with an attorney who has experience in both workers’ compensation and employment law so they can advise you on the best way to go forward in both cases.

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