If you are injured on the job, you should consider hiring a workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights. The laws and rules related to workers’ compensation are complicated and a professional attorney will take the necessary steps to protect your right to justice and compensation. Here are some of the things to consider when selecting an attorney.
1. Ask. Talk to your friends, especially your colleagues, who may have references to offer. You can also look for recommendations from your local bar association. When it comes to quality advice, you need to check references that are tried and tested. Another option is to check online. Since many law firms have their websites, you can find lists of local workers’ compensation attorneys easily, but take the time to understand all the aspects. Also consider reviews from other customers.
2. Find an initial consultation. It’s more like having a job interview. As a client, you have the right to meet your attorney, and during this session, both parties will ask you relevant questions to understand the ins and outs of the case. Your questions should be directed at the training, background, and experience of the attorney. Some of these include-
to. How many workers’ compensation claims have you handled?
B. Do you handle other personal injury law cases?
vs. Will you personally handle administrative hearings and other proceedings?
D. Can you provide references from your previous clients?
me. Will other attorneys and paralegals work on the case?
F. Will you answer my calls and emails as needed? If it is busy, who should I contact?
gram. Do you represent employees in these cases? However, do you also represent insurance companies?
h. What is the exact procedure and what should I expect from the case?
I. What is your rate? What percentage of the claim do you charge?
3. At your first appointment, your attorney should be able to offer you some initial advice for your case, but it does not have to be the final focus. If the attorney is looking for more time to develop and handle your case, you should seek a second opinion. Ask about delays, which will help you plan financially. Your attorney should also inform you of the other expenses and costs that you may incur in the case.
Finally, consider all aspects and whether you want to proceed with the case in the first place. Many workers’ compensation cases are settled out of court, as both parties agree to a final amount of compensation. However, if the employer does not heed your demands, they may have to take the case to court, which can be a lengthy process. A good attorney will handle legal procedures and paperwork on your behalf. If you have any questions about the compensation you are entitled to or other aspects of your case, speak with your attorney for more details. For work-related injuries, it is important to find witnesses, especially if it was a physical injury that occurred in the workplace.