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Birmingham Bar Association - Bulletin Fall 2017

Why do so few lawyers handle federal workers’ compensation A new client calls your office. He explains how he was injured on the job. You figure, “great, a new worker’s compensation case!” After listening further, the client tells you he works for the US Postal Service. A federal employee. You immediately stop the conversation and tell the client you don’t handle federal workers’ compensation cases, and what’s more, you don’t know anyone who does. The client hangs up and is left on his own. But why is it that so few lawyers handle federal workers’ compensation cases? There are 2.1 million federal civilian employees. That is a huge potential client base, larger than the working age population of twenty states! There are no court appearances in federal workers’ compensation cases. All proceedings are done telephonically and almost all documents are uploaded electronically. Because it is based on federal law, you can represent clients all over the country, and in fact, all over the world. cases? Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2017 11


Birmingham Bar Association - Bulletin Fall 2017
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