And what workers’ comp lawyers really do
I want to share a very witty blog post from Michigan Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (Law Offices of Alex Berman PC): “What People Think I Do/What I Really Do.”
The post is clever, but it also drives home an important message about lawyers.
I should quickly add that although our own law offices do not practice workers’ compensation law, our attorneys often have a work comp component to the automobile accident cases we litigate, as many people get in car accidents when they’re on the job. And because we litigate cases throughout the state of Michigan, we’ve worked closely on cases with most of the workers’ compensation attorneys throughout the state as well.
The writers of this blog post are certainly one of the very best. Alex Berman is President of the Workers Compensation Trial Lawyers Association, and is in my opinion, one of the very best in the country, and certainly in Michigan. The blog is written by Jeff Kaufman, who’s another outstanding work comp lawyer.
I think Jeff nails it with this blog post: The good lawyers often don’t do it for the money (particularly in workers compensation law, which has been gutted by Republican legislatures over the last 30 years in Michigan). These lawyers often view it as a calling and really care about traditional protections and legal rights for employees. The workers comp lawyers I know are not the ones out there trying to swindle people by advertising on buses or all the other terrible lawyer stereotypes we see all around us today on television.
Unfortunately, there’s no lobbying group that spends money to promote positive stories about lawyers. Although with the insurance industry, Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and associations like ATRA, there’s plenty of spending money to make lawyers look bad.
For our own attorneys, and for the attorneys at the Law Offices of Alex Berman, we’re here to support and protect the people who were hurt in car accidents and on the job. That means being there when people have questions, always offering compassion and understanding and fighting hard to do what’s right. Sometimes that means taking an insurance company to trial when these insurance companies treat people terribly and ignore their own obligations to people that they’re supposed to be helping.
Ultimately, our roles as attorneys are to help people reach the best possible settlement so they can move on with their lives as best they can, and so they can take care of their families and continue to heal.