Most injured workers don’t (try to) annoy their lawyers. However there are always a few injured sods who will intentionally or non-intentionally do things that make their lawyer roll their eyes by, for example, calling or emailing their lawyer way too often, bringing legal and/or medical research and by using their lawyer as a kind of therapist. So if your lawyer is avoiding your phone calls or emails and appears uncaring towards you, it could be because you are doing one or more of the following annoying things.
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.
The following article re workplace bullying, harassment, discrimination and victimisation was submitted by “Harry Hatzi” (Facebook name Harry John) as a “Guest Post“. We were not quite sure whether or not to publish it as it may come across as an advertisement for a legal firm or lawyer, under disguise. However, given Harry appears to be genuinely interested in the topic (and writing a thesis), we have decided to publish the article.
Sammy Bektas, a personal injury lawyer who was recently banned from practising law for four years has had his own name removed from the roll of legal practitioners. How funny! About 80 injured workers complaints involved excessive overcharging, improper dealings with trust money, poor cost disclosure and billing practices, poor conduct, undue pressure over costs and requests for itemised bills, and inadequate provision of advice and explanations to clients on the part of Sammy Bektas!
Many injured workers ask us for a good workers compensation lawyer, or ask our opinion on what makes a good workers comp lawyer. In order to suss out whether your (potential) lawyer is decent, we urge all injured workers to think whether or not the lawyer(s) they are talking to pass the “nose or smell test”.
We’ve been hearing more and more from injured workers who are not happy with the lawyers recommended by their union. Some injured workers say they feel they are forced to hire these lawyers for their work injury claims. In quite a few cases there is more going on as to why a union refers their injured members to a certain lawyer or law firm.
An injured worker kindly shared an extremely well-written, to-the-point article titled “Justice imperative to protect injured workers” written by a decent, empathic and passionate Canberra Lawyer, David Lander.Whilst the article points the finger at the adversarial Comcare Scheme, it could well be applied to all workcover schemes and their agents…
If you have a problem with your lawyer, don’t be afraid to complain about your lawyer.
Many injured workers are scared to complain when things go wrong and are confused, not only about their legal entitlements but also about the complaints system. In this article, we’ll run you through the process of how you can make a complaint against your (rogue) lawyer in Australia.
Staying on the topic of rogue lawyers who are making money on the misery and lack of legalese knowledge of injured workers, an ACT Supreme Court ruled that an injured worker, who eventually lodged a common law damages claim 10 months out of the strict time limit, that she knew nothing about time limits and that her (by then) former lawyer had acted on her behalf with an ‘inexcusable lack of diligence and competence’.
In a recent legal case, a well known law firm (Galbally & O Bryan) that advised an injured nurse against suing her employer for loss of earnings was found negligent in advising her not to settle her claim.