Today’s post comes from guest author Thomas Domer, from The Domer Law Firm.
A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) indicates trust or mistrust in the work relationship plays a significant role in the outcome of a workers’ compensation claim. In a recent benchmark study in Iowa by WCRI, almost four out of ten workers interviewed reported they were concerned they would be fired or laid off after they were injured.
The Iowa study reflects similar results in Wisconsin and other benchmark states. All workers who were interviewed received workers’ comp benefits and experienced more than a week of lost work time. Additional findings noted two-thirds of the injured Iowa workers had other health conditions (having smoked for ten years or had diabetes or lung conditions). Obviously those with significant pre-existing conditions had predictably worse results.
Earning your client’s trust is a crucial part of being an attorney.
Today we have a guest post from our colleague Roger Moore of Nebraska.
In its most basic form, trust is defined as “reliance on the integrity, strength, and ability of a person”.
Trust can also be defined as “a person on whom one relies”.
I was reminded of this earlier this week when a client for whom I had settled a case dropped by our office. This client had been a truck driver and lived out of state. While we were working on his case we never had the opportunity to meet in person, yet he came to trust me to look out for his best interests and advise him along the course of his workers’ compensation injury. He came by to thank me for the work I had done for him which had been completed over a year and a half ago.
As I spoke with him I began to understand how stressful it must be to trust someone who lives halfway across the country and with whom you may never meet in person. This is a unique aspect of trucking cases we handle which isn’t found in other types of work-related injuries.
Due to his injury he was unable to return to trucking. However, were been able to negotiate a settlement which allowed him to live his life Continue reading