Facing a meeting with a compensation lawyer usually means you need to work out if you are legally getting compensated, how much, and how soon. In that regard you may know what to expect from the first consultation. There are some things you may not be prepared for that you should know about. Here are a few of those key points and what you need to know about each one.
One of the first things to expect with any lawyer is the need for paperwork. This is especially important with a compensation lawyer because it generally means showing dates and comparing them with contract dates. For example, if you are seeking compensation from a former employer, you may need to show that you were employed during a specific time period and that your contract specifically states something in regards to the compensation you can receive. In cases where the contract doesn't state anything solid on compensation, your compensation lawyer may offer some suggestions on avenues to take to get what you have a right to obtain.
Discussing Different Options
There are compensation cases where discussing options is vital. This may seem generic, but in compensation cases it is far from generic. You usually won't have a black and white choice. In some cases, you will have a variety of options, payments, and methods to take that could affect your end result. For example, if it is an injury related compensation case the compensation the employer is proposing may not be enough to meet long term injury related expenses. You may need to take a different route that could mean more money in a shorter amount of time in order to cover immediate injury expenses. This first consultation is the time your compensation lawyer will discuss all the options and how they may play out towards your end result for the case.
In injury related cases, you may have more than paperwork. You may have video of the incident that your lawyer will need to see. The first consultation is the time that your lawyer may want to view the video. This will give them a better idea of the evidence and how much compensation you may be entitled to. For example, your lawyer may find that the injury you sustained was caused by your negligence combined with negligence of the company as well. This could change the entire route of your case and how your lawyer will need to move forward.
These are just a few of the things to expect during the first consultation with your compensation lawyer. You should also be prepared for signing contracts, paying retaining fees, and scheduling your upcoming court dates if possible.Share
20 May 2016
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