The way attorneys charge for their services vary according to the type of case that is involved.
Some lawyers charge a certain amount per hour to work on your case. This is usually for business cases or criminal cases.
In these type of cases the lawyer may ask for an upfront retainer fee to start working on your case.
Fortunately in injury cases, workers’ compensation cases, and Social Security Disability cases there are no upfront fees and no hourly fees.
In these type of injury cases you only pay the lawyer if you win your case. The payment is due when you win and recover money.
This is very important for you because usually a person who is injured or when they are unable to work does not have the money to pay a lawyer on an hourly basis.
Many people do not know that they even have access to a lawyer when they are hurt and can no longer work.
Make sure that you take full advantage that a lawyer will work for free for you until you win.
You can utilize the attorney’s experience to protect your interests from the beginning of the case, and fight for you against the government and insurance companies.
Questions about using a lawyer to help you? Feel free to contact Illinois injury and disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
It is frustrating and frightening when bad things like injuries happen.
Knowing what to do will take away some of the fear and anxiety.
First of all document everything.
Take pictures of your vehicle and injuries if possible.
Make an accident report with the police and your employer. Keep copies of all reports.
Tell the doctor how your accident happened and what body parts were injured.
Keep track of all medical bills, tests results, and off work slips.
At every medical visit tell your doctor what problems you continue to have and how you are currently limited.
Make sure to talk with a work injury attorney or injury lawyer to protect your rights.
It does not cost anything to speak with an injury lawyer. These lawyers are only paid if they win money for you.
Questions about your injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois work injury attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Whether it be a work injury, motor vehicle injury case, or Social Security Disability case, you want to make sure the Judge thinks favorably of you and your case.
Remember the Judge sees a large number of cases.
This means the Judge will have a sample size from which she compares with your case.
Make sure your case stands out in the right way, and influences the Judge to rule in your favor.
The Judge will be looking at your work history, the doctor’s notes, medical treatment, complaints of pain and physical and mental limitations.
A good work history indicates a willingness to work when able.
Doctor notes containing a clear history of your injury supports your testimony regarding how you were hurt and what body parts were injured.
Compliance with medical treatment shows that you are doing everything you can to get better.
Avoiding alcohol and drug abuse shows that your problems are related to your injuries and not substance abuse.
Complaints of pain and restrictions in your medical records supports your testimony at trial regarding pain and suffering.
Being polite and forthright in testimony before the Judge gives her impression that you can be trusted and are serious about your claim.
The idea is to make it easy for the Judge to empathize with you and want to help you.
Questions about your case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury and disability lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
You do not want to tank your work injury or motor vehicle injury case with your own thoughtless acts.
Do not follow the example of the person who was hurt on the job, but failed to go to the doctor for over 6 months and did not tell the doctor he was injured at work.
It is not enough to tell your work that you were injured, and then not seek immediate medical care.
The insurance company and ultimately the Judge will look at delay in medical treatment as meaning it is not related to the original accident.
If the treatment is not related, then no medical bills will be paid and a minimal amount will be paid for the original injury.
Do not follow the example of the lady who treats with her doctor shortly after her injury, and does not tell the doctor that she was injured at work or in a motor vehicle collision.
Insurance companies and Judges review medical records closely for histories explaining when, where and how the injuries occurred.
If you do not have medical records that note the details of the accident, then you will most likely lose your case.
Questions about how to maximize the value of your injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury and Motor Vehicle Injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
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It takes a lot of time and patience to work with Social Security. There are many moving parts, and not enough people to perform the tasks necessary to reduce the case backlog and speed up disability payments.