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Everything You Need To Know About Working With A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

If you are injured at work, you must consider hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer to protect your rights. The laws and rules related to workers’ compensation are complicated, and a professional lawyer will take the steps necessary to protect your right to justice and compensation. Here are some of the aspects that must be considered for selecting a lawyer.

1. Ask around. Talk to your friends, especially your colleagues, who may have referrals to offer. You can look for recommendations from the local bar association, as well. When it comes to quality counsel, you must check for references that are tried and tested. Another option is to check online. Since many law firms have their websites, you can find listings for local workers’ compensation lawyers easily, but do take your time to understand all aspects. Consider the reviews from other clients, as well.

2. Seek an initial consultation. This is more like having a job interview. As a client, you have the right to know your lawyer, and during this session, both parties will ask relevant questions, so as to understand the particulars of the case. Your questions should be directed towards the training, background, and experience of the lawyer. Some of these include-

a. How many workers’ compensation claims have you handled?

b. Do you deal with other cases related to personal injury law?

c. Will you handle the administrative hearings and other proceedings personally?

d. Can you provide references from your previous clients?

e. Will other lawyers and legal assistants work on the case?

f. Will you answer my calls and emails as required? If you are busy, whom should I contact?

g. Do you represent employees in these cases? Or, do you also represent insurance companies?

h. What’s the exact procedure and what should I expect from the case?

i. What’s your fee? What percentage of the claim do you charge?

3. On your first appointment, your lawyer should be able to offer some initial advice for your case, but it doesn’t have to be the final approach. If the lawyer seeks more time to develop and handle your case, you should look for a second opinion. Ask about the time delays, which will help in planning the financial aspects. Your lawyer should also brief you about the other expenses and costs that might be incurred in the case.

Finally, consider all the aspects and whether you want to proceed with the case in the first place. Many workers’ compensation cases are settled out of the court, as both parties agree on a final compensation amount. However, if the employer doesn’t pay attention to your demands, you may have to take the case to the court, which can be a lengthy process. A good lawyer will handle the legal procedures and paperwork on your behalf. If you have any doubts about the compensation you are entitled to or other aspects of your case, talk to your lawyer to learn more details. For work related injuries, it is important to find witnesses, especially if it was a physical injury that happened at the work place.

Things Happen

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Boxer Mike Tyson once said: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.

It is interesting that most of us think life should be peaceful and predictable without any problems or crises. But that isn’t realistic. There are a number of things that can happen which throw us into a “tizzy”:

1. Death – We cannot predict exactly when someone we love will be gone but everything stops as soon as we hear the news. But grief doesn’t just last for an hour or a day. It can affect us for a lifetime, especially if we get “stuck” in a situation of unresolved bereavement.
2. Illness – We have come a long way in the area of medical research and technology but there are still diseases that we cannot figure out or cure. Life expectancy has increased by over twenty years in the past century. That means that while we have learned how to live longer, there is also more time when a person can be ill. When the life expectancy was 50 years there was very little focus on osteoporosis as this is a disease suffered by older people. Now, osteoporosis is recognized as a medical problem that may experience.
3. Crises – Terrorism has put the whole world on alert. Communication networks and technology daily make us aware of global crises in real time. We have to be careful not to get caught up in the trauma.
4. Weather systems – We cannot control the outdoor environment and often have to change our plans for the day because of changes. Storms, smoke from forest fires, floods, or earthquakes can sometimes leave us feeling “trapped” or helpless.
5. Financial setbacks – Have you ever expected a cheque that didn’t arrive? Has the stock market disappointed you? Did you lend money to someone who didn’t pay it back? Did your employer declare bankruptcy or close the business, leaving you without income?
6. Broken promises – Unfortunately, some people make promises that they will never be able to fulfil. Others tell you what you want to hear to get their immediate needs met. Others just lie.
7. Abuse or violence – Individuals can be deliberately or accidentally harmed. Abuse can come in the form of mental, emotional, physical or financial attacks.
8. Laws and policies – The government and economic world often introduce changes that might not be a benefit for you. Just because something worked for you in the past doesn’t mean that it will continue and you may find that there is nothing you can do about it.
9. Accusations – You can be completely innocent but still be the target for someone who tries to damage your reputation. In Canada we are told that we are innocent until proven guilty but sometimes it doesn’t feel like that – especially if it takes months to complete the investigation or trial.
10. Rejection – People are not mean to other people unless they are unhappy in their own lives. Sometimes an individual will reject you because you don’t give them what they want or if you speak the truth to them about their bad choices. Poor communication can also cause misunderstandings.

If you are going through a difficult time right now and feel like someone has just punched you in the mouth, you do not have to feel like you are alone. Psychologists are trained to help problem-solve and deal with difficulties. You are just one phone call away from getting the support that you need.