Yes, we ask for paperwork, and lots of it! Some people might moan and groan about this because, let’s face it, workers’ compensation involves a whole lot of paperwork! The truth is, we do this for your benefit. You can sit and chat with an attorney all day about general “what if” scenarios but the truth is, if it doesn’t apply to your situation, do you really care? I didn’t think so.
We ask potential new clients to provide us with paperwork relevant to their case prior to meeting with us because here at our firm, we don’t sign up everyone who walks through the front door! We are advocates for injured workers. That means even if we decide not to represent you, we are still here to help you! So, if we are given the proper paperwork prior to meeting with you, we are able to better identify:
- What the issues are in your claim (what is keeping you up at night?);
- What the strong points are of your claim;
- What the weak points are of your claim;
- A strategy for your claim; and
- Identify your options for moving forward.
So how is this approach different from all the other law firms out there? It’s very simple – if you don’t need an attorney – we tell you that up front! My philosophy is this: Why pay for a service if you don’t need it? I think this is true even more when it comes to workers’ compensation because anyone who has dealt with this system knows the financial burden it can put on families. I want you to keep as much money in your pocket as possible!
So, if you are scheduling an appointment with us, there is a specific set of information we will ask for:
- Our completed Client Application (our office will be happy to send this to you if you don’t have it already);
- Any medical records you have in your possession (especially your first office visit with a doctor and any diagnostic reports like MRIs or x-rays and work notes from your doctor);
- Any records you have from the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (especially anything that says ORDER, AWARD or CLAIM FOR BENEFITS); and
- Any correspondence you have regarding your claim from the insurance adjuster or their attorney.
DO NOT BRING THIS PAPERWORK TO YOUR APPOINTMENT!! We need to review it beforehand. Send these to us AT LEAST 72 HOURS PRIOR to your appointment so we can review every detail and know the ins and outs of your situation as well as you do! You will get real information that will help you immediately. A free initial consultation at other offices is really disappointing to many people because they come out only having signed a Retainer and medical Release and not knowing what will happen next, etc. Our first meeting is a strategy session. The attorney will have already done their homework before your meeting so your questions can be answered immediately and you have a good foundation as to what will happen next because they now your claim.
If you are looking for an attorney, or if you just need some guidance, order my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia,” or call our office today (804) 755-7755.