Most employees never think they will be the victim of a work-related injury,
but accidents nonetheless happen on the job every single day. If the time
ever arises where you are injured while at work, knowing what to do and
how to respond is very important. After receiving medical attention, the
first thing you should do is find an attorney who can represent your case.
Even if the evidence is clearly in your favor, you still risk potentially
losing out on workers compensation benefits or a favorable workers’
compensation settlement. Having a reputable lawyer on your side is crucial.
Your claim is only as believable as your presentation in court, which is
why hiring a lawyer that specializes in workers’ compensation is
very important. However, when searching for an attorney, it can be difficult
to know which option is the most prudent. With the multitude of attorneys
to choose from, how do you know who is the right one? Instead of walking
into the initial consultation unaware, unprepared, and hoping for any
suitable outcome, you will fare much better when armed with a few questions.
Remember, you are hiring the workers compensation lawyer to represent
you, so it definitely behooves you to do your research in advance.
The Questions Every Injured Worker Should Ask
What is the attorney’s track record and how successful have they
been with similar cases? Don’t be afraid to be blunt, because the last thing you want to do
is hire someone that lacks the requisite workers’ compensation experience
and who fails to adequately resolve workers’ compensation claims
How does the attorney keep current with the workers compensation laws in
the state, and how well versed are they with the system? Any reputable attorney knows the law is never static. Thus, knowing how
the attorney you are considering for your case stays up to date with the
workers’ compensation laws in your state is vital.
Does the attorney specialize in workers compensation law, or do they practice
other areas in addition to workers’ compensation? For obvious reasons, selecting an attorney who solely handles workers
comp cases as opposed to an attorney with a general practice firm is the
most prudent option.
What do you think the success rate of my case will be, and, if successful,
how long will it be before I start receiving compensation? When comparing attorneys, pay close attention to their answers to the
first part of this question. If an attorney says you have a really good
chance of winning while other attorneys say the opposite, you want to
ask that attorney why he believes your case will be successful in the
face of the other contradictory opinions. If that attorney is only telling
you what you want to hear, then you will probably be better served with
another attorney. Often times, in this instance the lack of experience
can be revealing.
Remember, you need legal protection for injuries experienced on the job.
Whether you receive compensation for your accident, on the other hand,
wholly depends on how well your case is presented. Spend some time reading
through this list and calling multiple workers compensation attorneys
in your area before making a final decision about who is more equipped
to represent your interests.