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got a job as wrokers comp defence attorney

I did some civil litigation (plaintiff side)for almost 3 yea meshuggah01/28/17
You will likely start out running around like a maniac doing shikes01/28/17
Comp is a great way to learn how to handle cases, hearings, jj1001/28/17
What would be a WC day for example?Do I do depos everyday?I meshuggah01/28/17
meshuggah (Jan 28, 2017 - 3:01 am)

I did some civil litigation (plaintiff side)for almost 3 years in CA (I helped an older lawyer on contingency bases for cases). Last week I got a job offer for 100K to do workers comp defense. I don't know anything about it. Do you write motions, pleadings etc.Where i can see a sample worker's comp case from A to Z with sample docs.?

The company is huge and I like it but still I'm worried since I never did WC. Are WC hearings public?

Thanks

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shikes (Jan 28, 2017 - 8:48 am)

You will likely start out running around like a maniac doing deps of clients and doctors , hearings in court (half the time with testimony), settlements, mediations, etc..

You will also likely be writing briefs in support.

(In my jurisdictions) Unlike with PI, comp is in front of administrative judges who make decisions based on the transcripts of experts. Thus, the deps matter a lot more, you actually have a burden to meet if you're plaintiff's side, etc.. Judges also read transcripts from deps of other witnesses, though typically if you go to decision you have a live final hearing.

Its a very fast paced job, first month or two you will probably not know what is happening whatsoever, but it gets much easier. Most people I know who do comp like it based on hours/rate of pay/recession proof type of job. You have a "ceiling" there in terms of both money, prospects and how difficult the law is. Once you handle 300+ cases you very well may know just about everything in comp. At that point some people get bored and move on, but many stay because its a 6 figure job with reasonable billables/hours and, comparatively speaking, not as much stress.

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jj10 (Jan 28, 2017 - 9:50 am)

Comp is a great way to learn how to handle cases, hearings, depositions, etc. The name of the game is high volume. It isn't hard to pick up and after several years you will probably see almost every scenario imaginable. Depending on your personality and career aspirations you may become bored doing the same claim over and over again. I feel like it is a practice area that doesn't have a lot of ups and downs (unlike transactional, bankruptcy, etc). That could be good for job security if you're into that.

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meshuggah (Jan 28, 2017 - 11:52 pm)

What would be a WC day for example?Do I do depos everyday?I was given car allowance 500 and fuel 300 what is the difference?
They told me that if i have a hearing that ends at 3 pm they don't want me to go back to the office I can go home.I feel like I'll be more mobile and not stuck behind a desk.That idea I like very much.Is WC more forms based law or its like litigation reaserch cite cases etc?

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