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I am looking for a recommendation for an experienced workman's compensation attorney. The most recent posting on the website is from 1999, so perhaps someone fabulous has come along since then. Many thanks! Nancy
The most important reason is that I didn't need one! The initial process of the claim approval was prolonged and not particularly pleasant, mostly because my (now former) boss tried to say (that is to lie) that my job didn't include the activities that caused my injury. However, I got great medical treatment immediately (at Kaiser San Rafael and I don't think that you need to be a member to use their Occupational Health Dept).
Maybe I was just lucky, but my claims adjuster was great and always helpful. Once my claim was approved, I got money that I didn't even know I had coming. The assessment of my permanent disability was fair and I was very happy with the settlement amount. I guess I might have gotten a bit more with a lawyer, but probably less in the end after his/her fees. I have also made use of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services which have been very helpful.
The insurance industry in general is not to be trusted, but I think that a lot of people will tell you to get a lawyer without really knowing much. If you're just starting the process, I'd suggest waiting awhile and see how it goes before hiring someone who will get a cut of any money that you get.
Good luck, and I hope you are recovering well. anon
For the anonymous parent looking for a good WC attorney, I would suggest the office of Leary & Miller in Oakland. The phone number is (510) 451-9500. Both Christopher Miller and Athena Costis are very good WC attorneys and have worked with several UCB employees. Good Luck!
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