If your Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case is not settled or mediated, it is likely that you will be required to spend at least one day in court. Since your employer, the insurance company, and their attorney will be coming at you with everything they have, it’s in your best interest to be as prepared as possible. Here are a few tips you can use to make sure you have every possible advantage when you step in front of the judge.
It is best to come into court wearing a suit and tie. However, if you do not have access to a suit, wear the best clothes that you have. Make sure your shirt is tucked in, your clothes are clean and ironed, and that you are well groomed. Regardless of your integrity and the fact that you have been wronged by your employer, an unkempt appearance will give the judge a bad impression.
Know the Facts
Prior to the trial, your attorney will have talked to all of the necessary contacts and helped you fill out all of the paperwork. However, it is still in your best interest to go over everything with your attorney the day before your hearing to make sure you know what you are going to say. Your attorney will have a good idea of the questions the opposing side will ask, as well as the evidence they plan on using. Having everything straight in your head will make you sound honest, prepared, and will prevent you from contradicting yourself when being questioned.
Get Plenty of Rest
Nerves may make it difficult to sleep the night before your trial, but it is important that you make a strong effort to get to bed at a decent hour. Avoid any drinking or partying the night before (you definitely don’t want to appear hungover) and don’t stay up too late.
Be Civil and Confident
Remember, your attorney has taken on your case because he or she believes you are entitled to compensation. As long as you tell the truth and remain calm, you have nothing to worry about. Your attorney believes in you, so it’s important that you believe in yourself. Also, during the trial, it may be difficult to listen to the opposing side’s testimony. However, remember your manners. Do not interrupt and do not shout. Stick to the facts and you’ll be just fine.
If you live in the Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, or Scranton area and have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation. Contact 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation!