We’ve all laughed at lawyer jokes, but when your future and livelihood is on the line, it’s no laughing matter. If you have thought about hiring a lawyer, read on.
Do I need a lawyer?
Like a lot of things – it depends.
For example you don’t need a guide to take a walk in the park.
You do need a guide to cross the Okepanoke swamp.
Does your claim resemble either?
Factors to consider:
- How much is at stake?
- Can you afford to lose?
- How much experience do you have at this?
- Is your claim complicated?
- Is your claim moving in the right direction or is it headed for disaster?
- Is your claims manager always helpful?
- Is your medical condition complicated or contradicted by an IME?
- Is your doctor on the right track?
- Will your doctor be there for you later when you need him to handle your paperwork?
- Are you getting the benefits you are entitled to?
- What needs to be done?
- Can you do it?
- Have you got on the phone and talked to an L&I lawyer about your rights?
The good things about L&I lawyers:
- Most of them have done this many times before
- An experienced L&I lawyer knows exactly what to do
- They know which doctors to send you to for good treatment and fair medical opinions
- They charge contingent fees, so you only pay fees if you win
- They can make a positive difference
- A good L&I lawyer will give you a free consultation, with advice and their suggested direction. Be sure any advice you get is from an L&I lawyer, not a lawyer who does only personal injury. It makes a difference
The bad thing about lawyers