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Dubious law firms and shifty lawyers – can they be avoided?

Law firms are an interesting kettle of fish. I am not one to generalise considering myself to be an ‘open minded’ individual. Old sayings like ‘Never trust a lawyer’ or ‘Never trust and arab’ are narrow-minded and based on an outdated and negative mass consciousness – aren’t they? Well I would like to think so but having dealt with lawyers first hand, they do have an element of ‘distrust’ around them. Lady Justice for Work Compensation Claims

I’m not sure if it’s a case of; they are suspicious of everyone and everything and so their distrust reflects ours. Or, they are so emotionally detached from their work that we think they might not even be human! The bottom line is, no group of people can ever be the same – so we have to believe we will find a good one amongst the group.

Call The Australian Injury Helpline on 1800 006 766 – One Call May Make a Huge Difference To Your Claim

There may come a time when we need to engage the services of a law firm. One example is following work place injuries. In this situation a law firm can help us get the work compensation we legally and rightfully deserve, particularly in cases of negligence.

If you are searching for a law firm to represent you, finding the right one can be challenging to say the least. But what if you engage one and they disappoint you or try to charge extortionately?

I have put together a list of pointers to help you choose well, so you can avoid any dramas.

1. Have a positive attitude

Sharing the belief that all law firms are dodgy or all lawyers are shifty is not going to help your cause. You may help manifest that very scenario. Having a positive attitude about your lawyer will ensure a good relationship. A lawyer is there to help you and if you believe you will find a good one there is every chance you will. Be discerning and trust your instincts. One of my own sayings goes ‘If in doubt – don’t do it’. Appoint them only if it feels right.

2. Follow recommendation

If you know someone who has been in the same situation i.e. a workplace accident caused by negligence, talk to them. Find out how they got on. Ask them if they were happy with the services of the law firm. If you don’t know anyone call the Australian Injury Helpline who offer a referral service to approved law firms.

3. Be comfortable with how they operate

Ask them to explain the process clearly to you in terms of how they operate and how they charge. Many law firms offer ‘no win no fee’ services. Find out what this means. Some no win no fee arrangements can be a little misleading. With a greater understanding and all grey areas explained you will feel more comfortable.

4. Trust in a positive outcome

Faith and total trust in justice and that everything will turn out for the best can be a great help. The mind is a powerful tool and it can serve us well. Keep the faith and know you deserve justice and compensation. Some cases can take a long time and avoiding unnecessary stress or anxiety wherever you can is recommended. If you are not happy with your lawyer, also know you can change at any time. The Australian Injury Helpline can also help in this regard.

 

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Would you snitch on a friend?

What would YOU do if your friend who is also a fellow worker caused an workplace accident?Workers Comp Work Injuries Dilemma

Whilst most of us would never want to snitch on a friend for fear they may be reprimanded or worse ‘sacked’ there is of course a shared duty of care shared among fellow workers. There is also the possibility you may lose them as a friend if you come forward with the truth.

However, when a worker has caused a workplace accident, the injured victim and your employer has a legal and moral right to know.

Firstly, it can affect their work compensation entitlements in a huge way. If the accident has caused a permanent injury they may be entitled to a common law claim. A common law claim (or negligence claim) is an award available outside of work compensation. It is a claim that takes into account future losses as well as past. For example, if your friend can never work again he or she may be awarded future loss of earnings under common law.

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When a co-worker is negligent it means the permanent injury was caused by negligence. In order for a fellow worker to pursue a common law claim, negligence MUST be clearly proven for the workplace accident.

If your fellow worker who caused the accident chooses not to come forward, it may mean the injured worker gets awarded less work compensation.
A negligence claim is usually worth much more than a standard lump sum from a workers comp insurer (i.e. work cover) and can really help a person get their life back on track following a serious injury. They may have to modify their home, their car, and incur expenses such as rehabilitation and wheelchairs.

Workplace injuries or workplace accidents can have a fatal impact on a persons’ life, so if you know your colleague caused the accident don’t we have a moral obligation to do the right thing?

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