What to Ask Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Workers’ compensation laws can be confusing, so when you meet with your Iowa workers compensation attorney, you should not only ask about the attorney’s experience, but also your claim and the case and communication process.

Experience and Practice

Because workers’ compensation claims may only be part of an attorney’s practice, you should ask how much of their practice involves these types of claims. You also want to understand the length and depth of their experience in this area.

Also, ask your potential lawyers if they are certified in workers’ compensation. You want a lawyer who is not only knowledgeable, but someone has at least five years of experience fighting for injured workers, not insurance companies.

Claim Details

During your initial meeting, your attorney will evaluate your case. Ask about your case’s strengths and weaknesses. Your lawyer should openly share their opinions about your case. Your victory is not guaranteed, but an experienced lawyer will have a good idea about how well your case should do. Avoid lawyers who are unrealistically optimistic or tell you what you want to hear.

Case Process and Cost

Ask about how the case process and time frame. In addition, although most cases are paid by contingency fees, where the lawyer receives part of your award or settlement, other fees, such as witness and records fees, may be paid in advance or deducted from the award.

Communication and Support

Ask about your attorney’s preferred communication method and how much communication you should expect from your legal team. For example, will you receive periodic updates or will you only receive communication at key points during the case? In addition, will you need to go into the office for multiple meetings?

You may not always be communicating with your lawyer directly, so request the names and contact information of anyone working on your case, such as paralegals and case managers. Also, ask your attorney about the support staff’s experience and training.

You want a legal team that has the best chance of winning your case, so don’t be afraid to ask your attorney questions.…

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How to Refurbish a Car

So you’ve decided to purchase a car, but are intimidated by the process? Never fear; use this handy guide as a starting point for this new adventure.

Clean the Surfaces

To get the best feel for the scope of work that will be necessary to bring this car back to prime condition, you should first clean it. This can consist of vacuuming the floor mats, washing the interior and exterior, and carefully removing any debris. This step will vary depending on the state of the car at the time of purchase, but it is very necessary and can be quite rewarding.

Gauge What Repairs Are Necessary

After your car is clean, it’s time to inspect it carefully to determine exactly what’s wrong with it. Does the car just need some new seat covers, or will it need extensive engine work? Keep in mind that not all of the refurbishment needs to fall on you. If the car needs any plastic welding repairs, you can hire a specialist to complete the job quickly and expertly instead of trying to figure it out yourself.

Come Up With a Schedule

Once you know the work that needs to be done, you can develop a schedule of manageable steps. Figure out what you can do on your own, what needs to be done by a professional, and what should be completed first and last. Research how long each step will take and give yourself plenty of leeway; unless you’re trying to meet a deadline you don’t need to rush this process.

Begin the Work

Now it’s time to get things started! Follow your schedule and enlist the help of professionals, friends, family members, and whatever other resources you may have.

Don’t let the process of refurbishing a car overwhelm you. Start by cleaning the vehicle, getting a feel for what work needs to be done, developing a schedule, and then get to work!…

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