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There is a lot of preparation that goes into a workers compensation claim well before you step into the court room. As a workers comp attorney helping people in Stuart, West Palm Beach, and Port St. Lucie, FL, I aggressively work my clients’ cases to ensure they are prepared for court and present a strong case worthy of a favorable settlement.
Your law firm will take all of the necessary steps to prepare you for court. You shouldn't have to worry about the legal documentation, filings and evidence that will be entered during the case. You, as the victim of a workplace injury entitled to receive workers comp benefits, will need to prepare yourself to appear in court and be questioned by the defending attorney and possibly the judge.
During your meeting with your attorney before the court date, you will spend time reviewing questions and answers surrounding the circumstances of your injury, the extent of your medical treatments, and the impact the injury has had on your life. Our lawyers will also take this time to answer any questions or concerns that you may have prior to taking the case to court.
Once we go to court there are some basic things that are advisable for any plaintiff. We suggest that you arrive at least one half hour early, and once there be sure to tell the court clerk or person on duty that you are there. Your attorney will also meet you there at that time.
You will want to make a good impression in court so dress smartly – business casual is good. While in the court room, make eye contact with the judge and jurors, and when you address someone address them as Sir or Madam. Keep your hands by your side or in front, do not keep them in your pockets. Don’t have side conversations with those sitting next to you, keep quiet and attentive. In short, look upright and act respectful.
Lastly, take the lead of your attorney. Our lawyers will be sure to prompt you, coach you and answer any questions you may have during your workers comp case. In court there are periodic breaks and our lawyers can use this time to give advice and answer questions.