People often come to me and say that they wish they had hired the Injured Workers’ Law Firm to represent them from the very beginning. They are usually dissatisfied with the level of service they are receiving from their current attorney and find my book and other free reports to be extremely informative. I am always pleased to hear that my book and information is helpful to people, even if I am not representing them at the moment. Other injured workers are frustrated that they feel like they don’t have any communication from their attorney or they don’t know what is going on with their case. And others still feel anxious when they find out the attorney they hired does not practice primarily in workers’ compensation and may not have all the necessary knowledge of the Commission’s rules and regulations.
The problem that these injured workers face is that if they switch attorneys, it can sometimes slow down an already lengthy process. On top of slowing things down, switching attorneys can also cost injured workers’ money. Depending on the fee agreement you signed with the current attorney, they may be able to put a lien on your case for the time and money they have already spent in the file. In essence, you will be paying more for two attorneys instead of one.
Putting a lien on the case creates another problem for injured workers .If there is a lien on the case, the next attorney’s fee is usually reduced by the amount of lien. This makes it harder for injured workers’ to get an good workers comp attorney to represent them because now the attorney will get paid a much smaller fee. The attorney would have to do the same amount of work for much less money is not going to attract the best workers comp attorneys.
I make it a priority in my office to let injured workers’ know from the start how the office operates, what to expect and who they can communicate with when there is an issue.
I always encourage folks to make sure they understand the fee agreement they are signing and to understand how the office functions. Be prepared for your initial appointment with the attorney and have your questions written down so you don’t overlook anything. Research the attorney and find out where their primary function of law is and if their clients report that they are satisfied with the service they have received.
The Injured Workers’ Law Firm does only Virginia Workers’ Compensation cases so you can be certain that you are getting the highest level of representation available.
For more information on Virginia Workers Compensation and hiring an attorney, order my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” by clicking this link, or call our office today (804) 755-7755.
Michele Lewane, Esq.