Getting injured at work is a nightmare we would all like to avoid. However, some accidents are inevitable. What can be prevented, though, is hiring the wrong lawyer. Here are some tips to help you find the right lawyer for your worker’s compensation case.
1. Do your research. The great thing about the internet is the endless amount of information you can find on it. If you have a law firm in mind that you would like to use, search them and read the reviews. Most websites these days have customer testimonials on their website as well as their social media pages. If you’re unsure where to start, ask around and see if your friends or family members have any suggestions, and then go from there.
2. Narrow your choices down based on your profession. Since there are a wide variety of jobs out there in the world, the amount of injuries that can occur depends on the type of job environment. You will want to choose a lawyer that has experience with worker’s compensation cases relating to your job field. These cases can be complex, so you will need someone representing you who is knowledgeable about the industry in which you work.
3. Set up a free consultation. Contact the lawyer you’re interested in working with and schedule a free consultation. During this time, you will meet with him or her and they will review your case. They will be able to explain the options you will have and you will be able to determine whether you believe they are the right match for your legal needs.
4. Ask about prices. It’s your money; therefore, it is your right to know what it will be going towards. Ask how much they charge, which services they charge for, and when payment is expected. There are many attorneys that don’t charge injured workers for worker’s compensation cases unless a settlement has been reached on the client’s behalf or a jury award has been won. If a jury award is obtained, the attorney will take a percentage in exchange for legal services. If a settlement isn’t reached or if the case is a loss, you most likely will not be charged.
5. Find out if they have the time and resources for your case. If he or she is overworked, it’s likely they won’t have the time to truly dedicate themselves to your case. You wouldn’t want this, as it could negatively impact the outcome.