Monday, June 11, 2012

Should I get an Attorney?

Many people ask me whether they need an attorney to navigate the L & I process in Washington.  As with all things an attorney is not required, however; recommended.  The Department does not have the injured worker's best interest at heart when it reviews your claim.  The Department is seeking to process the claim as quickly as possible.  They want to eliminate time loss, Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) claims and vocational benefits.  From their perspective the government is spending too much money on these types of claims.  They are encouraged to save costs and eliminate exposure where possible.  Frankly, they are just doing their job.
However, they know how to influence the data to get a claim closed sooner than may be beneficial for you.  That is why an attorney is advantageous.  An attorney does not get paid unless he or she is getting you a benefit.  It is in the attorney's best interest to make sure your rights are protected.  While you may not need to retain an attorney in your particular case the sooner you talk to one the more likely you are to be protected during the process.  If you have any other questions please contact me through our website


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