Today’s post comes from guest author Tom Domer from The Domer Law Firm. If you are coming in to see us for the first time, please feel free to give our office a call ahead of time so we can discuss what materials you will need to bring with you and what you should be ready to talk about with us.
We find that clients are often worried about what they should prepare before coming to see their attorney for the first time. There is no reason to be afraid or intimidated of this first visit. The first time you see your attorney, the attorney will ask you a number of questions, but, in particular, you should expect to talk about 3 things:
1. The mechanism of your injury.
By “mechanism of injury,” we mean how you were hurt. For example, was it a pulling, lifting and/or twisting motion? If it was a lift, was it a 500 lb. lift, a 50 lb. lift or a repetitive 5 lb. lift? Was it a stretch, awkward motion or some other action that effected your body ergonomically? The specific mechanism of injury can make the difference between whether the judge rules that your disability is a result of that injury, and whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
2. The treatment you received or are receiving from your doctor.
If you cannot bring a copy of your medical records, be prepared to speak about the specifics of your treatment.
3. What your doctor thinks the treatment will accomplish.
For example, if you had surgery, what, if any, permanent restrictions has the doctor has placed on you?