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.

Why do I need a lawyer for my Workers Comp case?

Lot’s of people believe that they have no need for a Workers Comp lawyer.  This could be for a number of reasons, including:  they don’t think they have a claim or don’t wish to file a claim, they believe that the system is “fair” and they they can handle their case on their own, or perhaps they just don’t like attorneys and don’t want to hire one.  Still others are scared of some sort of retaliation by their employer (which is illegal, by the way).

Obviously, I am a bit biased here, but if you have been injured at work, and there is any chance at all that you might miss a prolonged period of work, I strongly recommend that you contact a lawyer.  Here are a couple of reasons why:

  1. Worker’s Comp lawyers generally will not charge you for the initial consultation
  2. There are a lot of “issues” or “disputes” that might arise that would most people won’t fully comprehend
  3. A lawyer can help you the most when they have been involved from the very beginning – i.e. they can coach you through the recorded statement and other communications with the insurance company
  4. They can answer your questions so that even if you decide to proceed without a lawyer, you will have information you need

Although workers comp may appear to be fairly straight-forward and simple, there are a number of “disputes” that can arise during the course of your case.  One dispute might be as to the amount of your weekly average wage, another might be as to your right to be compensated at all.

When the employer has workers comp claims made against it, the insurance company will increase the insurance premiums it collects to cover the increased risk of future claims or payouts.  Accordingly, the employer has a substantial incentive to decrease the number of claims filed against it, and assist in getting them settled for as little as possible – leading to conflict between the worker and the employer when there is a potential claim.

On the flip side, the insurance company makes money by paying out as little money as possible.  They have lots of very smart attorneys working for them to interpret the rules and statutes in a way that most favors the insurance company – which leads to lots of “disputes”.

Many people feel that they don’t need an attorney if the insurance company accepts their claim.  However, even in those cases where liability is undisputed, the lawyers working for the insurance company will make sure that you are paid the least amount possible – sometimes much less than you would receive with competent counsel.

If you have been injured at work and aren’t sure about your rights, give us a call at (919) 460-5422 for a free consultation.