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Boyne Injury Law Receives the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyer Rating
We at Boyne Personal Injury Law are proud to have received a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating, the highest peer rating standard. This AV rating signifies that we at Boyne Personal Injury Law have ben ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for our legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards by our peers in the legal profession. The AV ranking indicates that we have experience as well as the respect of our peers for professional achievement.
Boyne Personal Injury Law is proud to have been designated Leading Lawyers status reflecting our standing as a top law firm in the area of "Workers' Compensation Law" by LeadingLawyers.com. Our firm was contacted in late September 2015 by Leading Lawyers to inform us that in a peer-review survey conducted by their Advisory Board, Boyne Injury Law was ranked within the top 5% by our fellow attorneys when asked the question: "If a family member or friend needs legal help and you can't take the case, which lawyers would you recommend within your area of law or geographic region?"
How Do I Know If My Personal Injury Case Has a Legal Claim and Merit?
The first thing on the minds of our accident and injury clients is whether or not their case has legal merit. As a personal injury lawyer I look at several factors to answer this question:
1. Is there evidence to support your case?
Do you have, or could we obtain, evidence and documentation about your accident such as accurate notes, police reports, medical records and records that indicate that the responsible parties have been notified? It is important to gather these pieces of documentation sooner rather than later as all claims have time limitations within which they must be filed. If you don’t actually have them in your possession that’s okay. My office generally obtains most of these documents with our client’s authorization.
The Personal Injury Paper Trail: A Checklist of Important Documents
There are reasons teachers tell us to take good notes. Notes and Documentation help us remember things that might slip our mind. They sometimes bring to mind important questions that we should ask. Often times they can be used to prove that something was said. In short, documentation helps us to be organized. It helps us take logical steps in getting from Point A to Point B. In a legal setting this is important. A personal injury or auto accident case must convince a judge or jury in an organized manner that an accident did, in fact, occur, that there were clear reasons that led to it, that qualified witnesses agree on what happened and what the consequences are and will be, and that certain expenses and costs can be attributed to the accident.
My Boss Doesn't Want Me To Report My Workplace Injury
Q: I was injured at work yesterday and I don't know if it's serious or not. My employer frowns on work injuries so I'd like to avoid reporting it if I can. Should I report it?
A: My recommendation is that you always report any incident in which you were injured at work as soon as possible. Most employers require immediate reporting of an injury.
Workers' compensation laws also require that the injury be reported to the employer within a prescribed amount of time.
You should also seek medical treatment as soon as possible to document the injury. If it turns out to be serious, and you do not document it or do not notify your employer, you could lose your right to bring a workers' compensation claim. There are also laws that protect you from retaliatory action by your employer for reporting or seeking workers' compensation benefits.
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