We limit our practice to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.
We deal with familiar people on a regular basis — attorneys, adjusters, vocational rehabilitation counselors, investigators, physicians, and, most particularly, the Department of Labor and Industries (and self-insured employers) claims managers.
We carefully maintain a reputation for aggressively pursuing benefits for our clients in an efficient, professional and courteous manner.
This is an immeasurable benefit to an injured claimant suddenly tossed into the somewhat heartless insurance machine. Many people in this situation feel as though no one hears them and no one cares.
We hear you. We care.
We are proud to represent the hard working people of America.
You are the backbone of our history, our economy, our success. Most people take pride in being productive working citizens, and get a large portion of their self-esteem from their own job performance.
It’s a difficult time when you get hurt on the job, or when you realize you’ve developed a medical condition as a result of your daily work activity. You trust your employer and State to help you out, so you file a claim. Suddenly, co-workers and employers – people who smile at you and say “Hi” every day – start treating you like you’re a criminal, as though you’re trying to get something you’re not entitled to.
Despite what you’ve seen on TV once in a while, in over two decades of practice we haven’t met an injured worker yet who was happy to get hurt. If you’ve been injured on the job, the flow of your life has been interrupted, and that’s a stressful event. Throw into the mix that you’re in pain and have to jump through hoops to get medical treatment or compensation for time lost, and you’ve got a tough situation to deal with.
If you’ve suffered a significant injury for which you did not receive an impairment award, or you doubt whether you received a fair award, call us for a free consultation at 888-279-2002, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you back to arrange for a free consultation.
Sometimes people get hurt through pure accident or just plain bad luck.
But many, many times, someone’s negligence has either directly or indirectly caused an innocent party to be harmed.
There are two parts to every claim for negligence. First, there must be liability – that is, someone must have caused the accident through fault. Second, there must be damages that warrant the expense of pursuing your particular injury claim.
We investigate liability.
That might involve taking statements or depositions from witnesses or parties to the incident. It might entail using a private investigator or retaining a safety expert.
We investigate damages to you.
With your help, we collect medical records, bills, wage loss documentation and proof of other out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of your injuries.
We help you get the best medical care possible.
Once no further treatment is needed or an ongoing pattern of treatment has been established, we give the client our opinion on the range of a reasonable settlement, and describe in plain English (or Spanish!) the basis for that opinion.
We try to settle your case up to the courthouse steps.
There is a lot of time involved in getting a case before a jury, and the expenses of procuring medical witnesses/opinions for trial (and other court costs) are sometimes outrageous – we discuss the big picture in depth with our clients, and take the needs of you and your family into consideration. If the facts, damages, and proof of liability warrant it, you can rest assured we will take your case to court and do our best to win and maximize an award to you.
We can help by making sure you get the medical treatment you need and are entitled to. We can help by obtaining compensation for time lost or lost wages if your physician certifies you unable to work. We can help get vocational assessment and assistance if it looks like your medical condition will prevent you from doing your pre-injury work. Perhaps where a workers’ compensation attorney can help the most, though, is by obtaining a permanent disability award when you’ve reached maximum medical improvement.
There are two types of permanent disability. The most common is a permanent partial disability; you have a disability, but you’re still able to work. Your body is now less vital than it was prior to your injury, and you are entitled to a fair award for the loss. Permanent total disability occurs when you are unable to be gainfully employed again as a result of your work injury or condition.
If you’ve suffered a significant injury for which you did not receive an impairment award, or you doubt whether you received a fair award, call us for a free consultation at 888-279-2002, or email us and we will contact you back to arrange for a free consultation.