Who do you help at The Hart Law Firm?

I often get asked about the types of clients I represent.  In a nutshell, we help people who have been injured at work.  However, injured employees can take on many different forms, and have many different jobs.  Here is a broad sampling of the kinds of people that I work with in my practice:

  • Employees at Textile plants
  • Injured Factory Workers
  • Flight Attendants exposed to Toxic Chemicals or injured at work
  • Walmart Employees
  • Truck Drivers
  • Construction Workers
  • Forklift Operators
  • Workers who have signed an agreement and are having second thoughts
  • Disabled workers who need help applying for social security disability
  • People in need of attendant care to help a disabled worker

In a nutshell, we work with workers who have been injured at work and need assistance.  Oftentimes, people who call us just don’t know what to do next and need help filing the proper paperwork so that they can obtain the benefits they deserve and are legally entitled to.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a workplace accident, you should strongly consider calling a Raleigh workers compensation lawyer to answer your questions. Raleigh Workers Compensation Lawyer James Hart is available at (919) 460-5422 for your free consultation.

 

How Workers’ Comp lawyers get paid in North Carolina

The issue of how Workers’ Comp Lawyers get paid in North Carolina is a touchy one. Today I had a discussion with a new client about fees, and how our office gets paid.  It was a timely (and often asked) question, especially since one of the topics discussed at Tuesday’s NCAJ workers compensation section meeting was the reasonableness of Workers’ Comp fees.

It seems that the perception of some Union workers in North Carolina, as well as perhaps the public generally, is that we as Workers’ Comp lawyers earn too much money.  As with anything in life, this is a subtle distortion of the facts – brought on by unscrupulous attorneys.

By unscrupulous, I mean those workers comp attorneys that are more interested in making a fast buck than properly representing their clients.  Here are some of the tactics that these attorneys will engage in:

  • They will sign up a client who is already receiving benefit checks, and immediately ask the industrial commission for their fee… (without doing any work on the case).
  • They will settle cases quickly, for far less than they are worth, just so that they can get paid and move on to the next case.

If you believe that your attorney has engaged in any of the tactics referenced above, please all Raleigh Workers Compensation Lawyer James Hart today to schedule a free case review at (919) 460-5422.

The vast majority of the Workers Comp Attorneys that I talk to do not engage in these practices.  The Comp attorneys that I know and respect take on a lot of clients with no hope of ever receiving a fee at all.  Will some of those cases turn into a large fee at the end?  Perhaps, but it is those cases that allow us to stay in business so that we can help the vast majority of our clients who will never pay us a fee.

Is your Workers Comp Lawyer easily accessible?

Is it easy for you to talk to your Workers Compensation Lawyer?  Do they return your calls promptly?  Do you feel cared about and that your case is being handled properly and with professionalism?  If the answer to any of these questions is no, perhaps you don’t have the right attorney handling your case.

At The Hart Law Firm, we are different than other attorneys you may have come across – from your first meeting with an attorney, through the conclusion of your case, you will find that we are not your ordinary personal injury law firm.  For starters, we are a small law firm – not a 50 lawyer firm that is forced to settle cases quickly to pay their overhead.  Because we are a small firm, we are able to give personal attention to each of our clients – which is what you deserve.

I’ve heard stories of attorneys that handle upwards of 150 cases at one time – in my opinion, that is just too much work for one attorney.  Assuming a 50 hour workweek (many attorneys work many more hours than that, but go with me here…), an attorney with 150 cases will be able to spend approximately 20 minutes on each file each week.  Obviously, the attorney will probably spend some time in hearings, client meetings, and attending to other administrative matters during the week – squeezing the attention they can give each file even more.  Chances are, with that kind of workload, the attorney will utilize one or two paralegals to assist with their cases.  That means that when you call with an emergency or because you have a question for the attorney, you pretty much have no chance that they will even remember your name, let alone be able to talk to you intelligently about your file.  You will get passed off to the paralegal.

Not at The Hart Law Firm.

I have chosen to limit the number of cases I will take at any given time so that all of my clients will receive the prompt and careful attention that they deserve.  When you call my firm, you will talk to an attorney – me – if not right away, then certainly within 24 hours.

We care about our clients because you are our livelihood.  Our goal is to make you happy so that you will refer your friends to us.  How can we expect you to do that if you don’t feel cared about or satisfied that we are looking after your case?  You can’t.

At The Hart Law Firm, we care about our clients and your satisfaction.  To schedule your initial consultation, please call (919) 460-5422 or fill out our online contact form.

Are you scared to call a Workers Comp Lawyer?

One of the things that we as lawyers often forget is that we can be intimidating.  One of the first things I tell clients who come to visit with me for the first time is that they have nothing to be afraid of.  I pride myself in not trying to pull one over on a prospective client – or an actual client.

However, as I was perusing another attorney’s website this morning, I came across a page that I found interesting.  Robert Kraft, a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer, has put together a special page to alleviate the fears that people have of calling a lawyer.

The reasons Mr. Kraft lists on this page as to why people shouldn’t be afraid to call his firm pretty much mirror the reasons that I tell clients they should be scared to pick up the phone and call my office.

If you choose to call my firm, here are some things you should expect:

  1. Provided that I am currently available to talk – I promise I will talk with you.  If you leave a message with my receptionist, I will call you back as soon as I possibly can, usually the same business day.
  2. I don’t charge prospective clients for calling our firm.  Also, all of my Comp cases are handled on a contingency fee basis – meaning that you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case.
  3. When you call my firm for the first time, I promise to empathize with your problem and listen to why you are calling.  If you decide to schedule an appointment, I will ask you some simple questions about your case and your contact information – but nothing more.
  4. I never, ever attempt to pressure anyone into making an appointment.  I provide a ton of information on my website, so if I sense any hesitation on your part, than I will direct you to my website to do some more research and call back when you are ready.  If you choose not to call back, then that is fine too.

Just like Mr. Kraft says, if I think that I need to meet with you to discuss your problem in more detail, than I will ask you to schedule a meeting in my office.  If I don’t think I can help you, than I will refer you to the appropriate lawyer or agency for more assistance. For clients who can’t get to my office, I will either come to you (if feasible), or we can schedule a telephone or skype conference to talk in more depth about your legal problem.

Any questions?  Feel free to call us at (919) 460-5422.  We pride ourselves on building relationships with our clients – all of them.