If you’re considering hiring an attorney, maybe it would help to know what that prospective lawyer is thinking. Here’s what I’m thinking.
My practice focuses on injuries. On the workers’ compensation side (which includes Defense Base Act/Longshore claims–they are another type of workers’ compensation), I keep coming back to the feeling that people who are hurt working are really up against a lot of challenges, and they shouldn’t expect to navigate the complexities of the comp system alone. Insurance companies basically want to maximize premiums and minimize payments. They don’t seem to spend a lot of time thinking about the people who are hurt, or whether they will put together decent lives when the healing is over. They hire armies of people to lobby against any attempt to expand benefits for injured workers.
Injured workers have their advocates too, but we are far less well-funded and our organizations are way smaller. A really good one is WILG, the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group. We do a lot of work to make sure that legislators and other policy makers understand how bad it is to suffer a major work injury, and to put in place the most supportive benefit structures we can. It’s hard work, and it’s never over, but I just can’t shake the feeling that it needs to be done. And I’m glad to do my part.