Items that our workers’ comp attorneys and legal professionals need to know during the first telephone call.
Our telephones are constantly ringing with potential clients who want to know about their legal rights. Workers’ comp is a confusing system and many people need our help. We understand the stress and worry that goes along with filing a workers’ comp claim.
Here are some items that our workers’ comp attorneys and legal professionals need to know during the first telephone call. There is no fee unless additional workers’ comp benefits or a settlement is obtained. Let us explain your legal rights.
Name, telephone number, and if you have an attorney
We always request your name and telephone number before giving any free legal advice. It is important to make sure we can reach you if the call drops. Sometimes there is a potential conflict of interest that must be addressed. For example, if you currently have an attorney who has already given you legal advice. Don’t worry because everything said during the free telephone call is confidential and we never share personal information.
Medical diagnosis and work restrictions
Advice about workers’ comp usually starts and ends with your medical condition. We are experts in understanding how disability applies under Michigan workers’ comp law. Sometimes we will want to see medical tests like MRIs or EMGs before accepting a new case. Find out your work restrictions before calling to get the most out of our free legal advice.
Facts about the workplace accident
Workers’ comp is supposed to pay benefits regardless of fault. It should not matter how an employee got hurt provided it is connected to their job. However, understanding the facts surrounding a workplace accident is critical when identifying potential legal issues. Insurance company disputes usually involve medical causation and identifying a specific event injury makes a case much stronger. It is also important to look for potential 3rd party cases to make sure nothing has been missed. For example, it is possible to sue a negligent driver for additional damages even if you are receiving workers’ comp benefits.
Employment status and if currently receiving benefits
Workers’ comp pays medical bills and lost wages. Sometimes it is not wise to file a case if an employee continues working because there is nothing to be gained. Our mantra is do no harm and we do not want to make an employment situation worse. Other times the writing is on the wall and job loss is almost certain. Disabled employees who are currently receiving benefits should explore all options including settlement.
Future plans and thoughts about settlement
We tell our clients to come up with a plan for the future. Is the goal to find a new job? What about getting retrained for a new career or starting a business? Is filing for Social Security Disability (SSDI) the preferred option? Having an honest conversation with your attorney is the key to a great result. Many of our cases get settled with a lump sum cash payment that can be used for any purpose.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.