Hints and Tips

Working on after workers’ comp

Work-related injuries can have long-lasting effects. These injuries have the potential not only to impact your career, but also your confidence and personal life in general. Workers’ compensation legislation is designed to safeguard people’s livelihoods, so they can support themselves and return to work when the time is right. 

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Injury and Compensation Q&A: What can I claim?

The most frequent obstacle for people seeking compensation is not knowing what they’re entitled to – or what constitutes ‘liability’. 

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Barristers. Who are they? What do they do and will I need one for my case?

Barristers, like solicitors, are lawyers. The main difference is that most barristers specialise in court work or advocacy. 

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What are party/party costs

Party/party costs are those legal costs which we can recover from the opposition.  Our goal in every case is to recover as much as we possibly can from the opposition for their contribution to your legal costs and disbursements. 

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Do I really need a Lawyer?

I settled a case for a lady today who reminded me that to begin with she had been very uncertain about even engaging a solicitor to represent her.  Indeed she had been advised by a number of well-meaning family members not to get involved with solicitors because that would end up costing her. 

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Will I have to go to Court

The short answer is probably not.  These days very few cases actually go to court at all.  And of those that do many are settled before hearing. 

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Will it affect my case if I get a job?

You would be surprised how often we are asked this question and the answer is always the same; YES! But, having said that, it will also affect your case if you are able to work but do nothing about trying to find a job.   

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So when will my case finish?

At Firths we make it our business to settle all cases as quickly as possible.  Because we are not paid till the end of the case (and then only if successful) the last thing we want to see is cases dragging on unnecessarily. 

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Should I speak to the investigator from the insurance company?

This is one of the questions we are most commonly asked.  In short the answer is almost always “No”!  This seems such a small thing but it can make such a big difference at the end of the case.  From experience we know for a fact that most solicitors allow their clients to be interviewed by investigators retained by the insurance company and we have seen first- hand the damage this can do to a client’s case. 

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Can I pursue both a workers compensation claim and a motor vehicle claim at the same time?

The answer is “Yes” yet you would be surprised how many solicitors wrongly advise their clients that they must choose between their workers compensation rights and their motor vehicle rights.  That is completely incorrect.   

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