What to Expect When Calling a Workers' Comp Law Firm About Your Work Accident
Thinking about hiring a workers’ comp attorney?
I don’t blame you.
Workers’ compensation is a jargon-filled system with frequently changing rules and complications that can become extremely confusing for the injured parties and their families.
If you have never hired a lawyer before, it can be a bit overwhelming to call a workers’ compensation law firm for the first time. Especially when you don’t know what kinds of questions a law firm might ask and what kind of information you should have prepared before the call.
The good news is…if you are reading this page, you are already off to a good start. As frustrating as workers’ comp can be, all you can do is make the best of the limited care that workers’ comp provides you, and hiring an attorney is the best way to take this unfortunate situation into your own hands and ensure you are maximizing the benefits available to you.
Here is what you can expect when you call my office today about your workers’ compensation claim…
1) Basic Information and Conflict Check
Before discussing the details of your claim, we must first gather some basic information to run a conflict check in our office. We run conflict checks to make sure your claim wouldn’t interfere with any of our existing cases.
For instance, if you were involved in an on-the-job car accident, it’s important that we make sure we are not already representing the other driver in the accident. Although it may seem unlikely, these situations do happen.
The only information we need to run a conflict check is your name and mailing address.
2) Questions About Your Employer
Next, we will begin to ask you questions about your job and employer, such as:
- Where were you working when the accident happened?
- What is your job title?
- How long have you been working there?
- Are you still working there or were you fired?
- Did you report the injury to your supervisor?
3) Questions About the Accident
Next, we may ask you to go into more detail about the accident with the following questions:
- Can you describe your injuries?
- Can you describe how the accident occurred?
If the accident was a slip-and-fall at work, we may ask:
- What did you slip on?
- What are the injuries?
- Do you have health insurance?
If the accident was an on-the-job car accident, we may ask:
- Did you obtain an exchange of information with the other driver?
- How did you leave the scene of the accident?
- Did you go to the emergency room?
- What are your injuries, if any?
4) Questions About Medical Treatment
- What medical treatment have you received?
- When was the last time you have seen a doctor?
- Where did you receive treatment?
- Have you missed work or other appointments as a result of the accident?
5) How You Heard About Us
We truly appreciate the confidence that our clients place in us by referring their friends or family, so we may ask how you heard about us or who referred you so that we can thank them for their trust!
If we believe we can help with your workers’ compensation case…our Intake Specialist may then schedule you an free consultation to speak with one of our attorneys.
If we don’t believe we are best suited to help with your workers’ compensation case…our mission is to still be as helpful as possible. This could mean providing a caller with the information they might need to resolve an issue on their own, or suggesting an alternative means other than hiring a lawyer. We also have a list of attorney friends we trust that we may refer you to. Either way, we will do our best to point you in the right direction!