I recently had the pleasure to make contact with the personal injury lawyer who recently commented on our site under the nickname Paragon (formerly ****88). One of the issues I raised was (and is) that workers comp lawyers aren’t offering much legal input on this forum /blog in response to the plight of injured workers. Paragon explains the reason(s) behind it, and perhaps more importantly has generously offered to contribute to our site as a volunteer, and help offer solutions to those injured workers who need help at the most desperate moments.
Personal injury lawyers aren’t offering much legal input on aworkcovervictimsdiary
Personal injury Lawyer – Paragon’s email response
Thanks for your email. I would be more than happy to volunteer my time and to assist with whatever knowledge I’ve gained since working in personal injuries in [the nineties]. I think your site/blog is great as there are so many injured workers at the end of their tether, both mentally and physically.
I cannot really recommend any particularly great personal injury lawyers in [state] as I’m not aware of many who are in it for altruistic reasons. I’ve come across some great lawyers in the past but unfortunately nervous breakdowns and depression are common and often result from taking the fight to the insurers and seeing clients suffer. The attrition rate is significant, I believe.
I have no problem imparting (parting with) legal advice! I operate on the basis that injured clients are not in a position to pay for advice, and that this is extra stress that they don’t need.
I take my fees wholly from the insurers at the end/settlement of each claim. I am completely okay to communicate on your forum if you are likewise.[…] I do Wills etc but I mostly take on workers comp and other PI matters. I don’t advertise much as I get work by word of mouth and also from [x]
You mention that lawyers aren’t offering much legal input on this forum in response to the plight of injured workers.
The legal fraternity is very much a closed, privileged and money-minded community. There is a culture in large prestigious Plaintiff firms to operate like settlement factories with clerks and junior lawyers obsessed with filling all-consuming time-sheets.
Then there is the culture of Defendant law firms earning huge fees by screwing the workers for approval by their clients, the insurers, and their money trough from which the lawyers feed.
The bottom line – yes I am happy to contribute to this forum [aworkcovervictimsdiary] as a volunteer, and hopefully I can help offer solutions to those who need help at the most desperate moments.
Anyway, thanks for your encouraging message.
I have decided to publish Paragon’s wonderful reply to my plight for some ‘pro-bono’ legal guidance to many of our bewildered and at-wits-end injured workers. I am pretty sure that Paragon would not object, and it would be very difficult for me to transcribe Paragon’s response in a manner that would do him or her justice.
I wish there were more ethical and really caring personal injury lawyers around who would take a few minutes out of their lucrative business(es) to really help injured workers, by freely parting with a little bit of (fairly simple) legal advice/guidance and as such make a real difference to the plight of so many injured workers frequenting our site, seeking peer-to-peer support but also seeking some legal guidance.
Thank you so so much Paragon! And please folks, a big thank you to personal injury lawyer Paragon would go a long way!
[post dictated by WCV and transcribed on her behalf]