Tag: workers compensation

Brian Smalley is one of our workers’ compensation paralegals.

What did you learn on the job that everyone should know?
For the job, or life in general, “The Four Agreements”, a short book by Miguel Ruiz, offers practical goals that I can strive to achieve each day, 1) Be impeccable with your word; 2) Don’t take anything personally; 3)Don’t make assumptions; 4)Always do your best.

What’s the most interesting case you’ve worked on?
Every case is interesting because every case has a story. To the injured worker their injury may be a life changing event. The injured worker deserves not just great legal guidance but compassion, respect and dignity. I often tell our clients that this can be a difficult process but you don’t have to do it alone and together we”ll get through it.

What legal wisdom do you give your friends and family?
I always recommend using the right tool for the job and if the job requires an attorney get one and listen to them.

John Ledford is Palace Law’s workers’ compensation lead attorney and workers’ compensation litigation manager.

What did you learn on the job that everyone should know?

Staying positive and thinking creatively solves most problems that arise.

What’s the most interesting case you’ve worked on?

One of the most memorable cases I worked on involved a family that lost a daughter due a very preventable medical error.  It taught me how short life can be, how important it is to be thankful for every day and how our actions can have a profound effect on others.

What legal wisdom do you give your friends and family?

Know your rights.  You cannot depend on others to explain or protect your rights when they do not have your best interest in mind.  Speaking with an experienced attorney before talking about your case with anyone else can prevent many legal problems.

It is that time of year again, the beloved tax season. The time of year when people scramble to find all tax records and documents to file before the April 15th deadline. Filing taxes usually raises questions about what qualifies as taxable income. Does a settlement from a personal injury claim qualify as taxable income? How about payments from the Department of Labor and Industries? These are significant questions as most of us begin to receive tax documents like W-2s, 1098s and 1099s. The good news is that payments to compensate for bodily injury are generally not taxable forms of income.

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