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Meet Lori Ligon: Senior Paralegal for Commonwealth Law Group

The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys and personal injury attorneys at Commonwealth Law Group offer personalized, client-focused services. Our staff works tirelessly to monitor each case and provide our clients with this type of service. Because our staff is so integral to our client experience, we want to introduce them to you on our blog. Lori Ligon is one of six paralegals at CLG. We asked her a few questions:

How long have you been with CLG? I started working here in August 2015, so it’s been almost two years. I am a Senior Paralegal specializing in workers’ compensation cases. I’ve been doing this work for more than 10 years now, so I bring a decade of experience with me to each case.

What inspired you to go into the legal profession? My grandfather was captain of the Virginia State Police for several years. Even though he died when I was young, growing up hearing stories about him is probably why I’ve always been interested in a legal or law enforcement career. In college, I majored in criminal justice and psychology. I decided I didn’t want to be a police officer but I definitely wanted to get into the legal field. That’s how it all started.

What’s your typical workday like? When you work with workers’ compensation cases, there isn’t a typical day – every day is different. Throughout every day, all of us here are in close communication with our clients, so I talk to different people and troubleshoot problems. Some days, I’m going through medical records, reviewing hearing transcripts, or typing up “discovery” information.

What is “discovery” information? The defense counsel sends questions for our client to answer about the specific circumstances of their work accident, their ongoing medical treatment, and any previous accidents or previously existing conditions. Many of our clients handwrite their answers, so we type them before sending to the defense counsel. As we type, we make sure that our clients haven’t revealed more than is necessary to answer the questions.

What satisfies you about your job? It’s really satisfying that we’re helping to improve people’s lives. I’ve always wanted to help people, and try to take as much stress off of them as I can. I talk to great people at a low time in their lives. They’re hurt, injured, in pain, and have the stress of not knowing if they’re going to be able to work again and pay their bills and support their kids, or if they’re going to face a denied claim. I look forward to coming to work because I find it challenging and satisfying. I really like this type of work. We have a lot to accomplish, and I want to get here and start getting things done so we can keep our cases moving forward.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote? Yes: “To dream of the person you wish to be is to waste the person you are.” I try to live by that.

What’s your proudest moment at CLG? There isn’t one specific moment; it’s more like lots of little moments that contribute to my overall feeling of accomplishment. One particularly satisfying aspect of my job is when we get a case settled for a client or finish a hearing that goes well. But those moments don’t happen every week. With the unpredictable timeframe of workers’ compensation cases, it’s hit or miss as to when they will settle, and it can take several months after a hearing to find out if we won our client’s case. That’s hard for our clients, not knowing the result. Unfortunately, there’s only so much we can do, but supporting them and letting them talk it out helps. I think that’s why it’s so satisfying when we find out that we won; I know how worried our clients have been and we get to give them good news, so in those cases, it was worth the wait.

Are you a mentor to the other CLG paralegals? Not in an official capacity, but my job title is Senior Paralegal because I’ve been doing this work for so long. We have a very open office; if other paralegals have a question about some aspect of a workers’ compensation case, they come and ask me. I’ve seen a wide variety of cases and many times I can tell them what I did when I faced a similar situation. I’ve definitely worked on some unique cases!

What do you do to relax? I have two horses, and I like to take them out riding after work and on weekends. It’s a big stress reliever. I’ve been riding since I was eight years old. I used to show horses in the Hunter/Jumper style of riding, and I still love to ride. In the summer when it stays light late, sometimes I’ll meet a friend, and we’ll go riding out in the country. It’s an expensive hobby, but I wouldn’t trade it. It teaches you patience, time management, responsibility, and always wanting to improve your skills. Those are all good lessons that translate into daily life.

If you’ve been hurt at work, call the Richmond workers’ compensation lawyers and personal injury attorneys of Commonwealth Law Group. We strongly recommend that you explore your legal options, and we provide a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case. Call us at 804.999.9999. Justice starts at CLG.

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