A single incident can often result in a variety of claims and available benefits. Consider a car accident, while a person is “at work”. This could involve driving to a sales meeting; a construction or landscape laborer travelling between sites; a police officer pursuing a suspect; a food delivery person; the list of possibilities is endless. This single accident could lead an attorney to believe they can gather the medical records, fill out forms, use boilerplate pleadings, and thereby pursue each of the various claims this single accident could create, such as:
- A Negligence claim against other driver;
- Workers Compensation;
- Short/Long Term disability;
- For Officers on Duty, a Heart & Lung Act claim;
- For prolonged disability, Social Security benefits;
- For complications from treatment – a Medical Malpractice claim;
- For defects in one of the cars causing the accident, a products liability claim.
Few law firms, let alone sole practitioners, are equipped to capably handle all aspects involved in what may seem at first glance to be one, simple claim, not as a result of the lawyer’s particular skill or ability, but rather because each type of practice is so very different in their nature, procedures, scheduling issues and just plain “style” of practice. In order to maximize the value of each separate component of the claim, as well as to protect the client’s best interest, a lawyer needs to be wary about what they don’t know. Clint Eastwood probably put it best: “A man’s got to know his limitations.” (Magnum Force, 1973).
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