Who does your nurse really work for?

In some Workers’ Comp cases in North Carolina, the case and employee will be assigned a Nurse to help coordinate benefits, schedule doctor’s appointments, and basically make sure that the medical treatment is progressing as it should.  The nurse is supposed to be employed by an independent company, such that they are not unduly influenced by the insurance companies.  Most nurses that I’ve dealt with are great to work with, and I’ve generally had very few problems. The purpose of this post is not to bitch and moan about how the rehab nurses are really working for the insurance company, however…

Today I received a call from a new nurse on a case.  The old nurse had been taken off the file – for reasons unknown to me (again, I’m not going to speculate that she was doing too good of a job for MY client, as opposed to doing what the insurance company wanted her to do).

That being said, when I returned the call, the number went straight to the insurance company, and my newly assigned nurse has an extension at the insurance company.  (Although she does “technically” work for an independent agency – for all I know her office is next door to the adjuster’s office).

So next time you (injured worker) start up a conversation with your rehab nurse about the status of your condition and your case in general, just remember who they are really working for.  Just my 2 cents for the day.  That’s all.

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.

10 Tips to help prevent Workplace Injuries

One of the best ways to avoid having navigate the minefield that is a workers compensation claim is to avoid getting hurt at work in the first place.  According to workers-comp-news.com, 165 Americans die each and every day from an occupational disease, and another 18 die from a work-related injury.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  Here are 10 quick tips that will help to keep you safe on the job:

  1. When you are lifting heavy objects, make sure to lift with your legs and knees, and not your back (how many times have we heard that?)
  2. Never twist your body while lifting something heavy.
  3. When sitting for long periods, make sure to take breaks every hour to get up and stretch.
  4. Reduce the amount of overhead work you must do by using a lift to get you closer to what you need to do.
  5. When you are picking up or setting down an object, make sure not to reach more than 10 inches from your body.
  6. Whenever possible, use ergonomically designed tools that are designed to fit the hand, body and job.
  7. Avoid overexerting yourself.  Many workplace injuries are caused when workers are tired, stressed or both.  If things are getting to tough for you, take a break.
  8. Drink plenty of fluids – especially when working in the hot sun.  Soda’s don’t count – make sure that you are drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  9. If you sit at a desk most of the day, make sure your chair is comfortable and the correct height.
  10. If you do see any unsafe conditions, make sure to report them to your supervisor immediately.  If your employer won’t do anything to fix it, you should contact your state workplace safety administration.

Thanks to workers-comp-news.com for providing some of the tips that were used in this post.