Choosing a lawyer to represent you when you have been injured or are disabled is an important decision. This is true in workers' compensation, Social Security disability, and in personal injury cases. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Is your lawyer available to meet with you in person? The lawyer's ability to relate to you face to face gives both you and your lawyer important information and helps you understand each other. Choosing a lawyer close to your home town is often wise so that you can easily meet with him or her in person.

  2. Has your lawyer handled a lot of cases like yours? As when you choose a doctor, you are better off with someone who is familiar with and confident in doing what needs to be done in your particular case.

  3. Is your lawyer someone you feel confident in and that you trust to help you make the right decisions? It is YOUR case, and the lawyer should clearly explain all the options available and the likely consequences of each - and then to allow you to make the necessary decisions - and support you in your decisions.

  4. Does your lawyer explain things so that you can understand them? Many areas of the law are complicated - but since you are responsible for making the decisions about your case, you need to have a lawyer who can help you understand how to make smart choices.

  5. Don't be afraid to meet with more than one lawyer before deciding who to hire. Satisfy yourself that it is someone who knows what he or she is doing and that he or she can relate to you and make you comfortable.

It is a big decision - and it can affect a very important part of your life. Be picky.