Many folks in the US today want instant gratification. They want to tap the cellphone and get news, sports, entertainment and weather in an instant. Click on Google and get your question answered instantly. Unfortunately, that is not how the law works. I wish I could tell you that “One Call Gets It All”, as some of the big TV advertisers suggest. This catchy phrase is so far from the truth that I think almost everyone now understands this.
It takes multiple conversations with our clients, multiple documents to be completed and mailed out, filing for hearings, correspondence with other lawyers and medical providers, negotiating over change of doctors, wage rates, discovery/subpoena issuance and more. All of this is necessary to stay on top of the client's case.
Realistically, when a person comes to my office for the first time, we spend about one hour and a half with them interviewing and finding out the details of the case. For a case that has been contested by the insurance company it will take up to six months to present the case in front of an Administrative Law Judge. And it may take longer than that. However, requesting a hearing is most assuredly a multi-step process.
Let me show you a chart that I created along with a lawyer friend of mine. This chart gives you an idea of the number of steps that need to take place before the case can be presented it the Administrative Law Judge at the State Board of Workers' Compensation. Having said all this, you may not want to file a Workers' Compensation Claim! But if you have no other choice, and if you want to get the “best bang for your bucks”, give me a call and I can work with you through the entire process of your case as I have done for hundreds of other cases during the last 40 years of my law practice. This is what I do and I do it well. –THOMAS F. BROWN, II