5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Workers' Compensation Attorney
After you have narrowed your search for the right attorney, it is time to schedule your free consultation. During this consultation, you have the opportunity to get to know more about the people you will entrust with your workers’ compensation claim.
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Workers' Compensation AttorneyFinding the right team of workers' compensation lawyers to represent you is more important than you may realize. This decision is critical as it has a direct impact on the future of you and your family. With the wrong attorney, you risk losing a significant portion of the money entitled to you after an accident at work. However, with the right attorney, you can be confident that you will win your claim and ensure the future well-beling of your family. When you talk in your free consultation, here are five of the top questions you should ask so that you can make an informed decision about which attorney is right for you. 1. Does the attorney concentrate on the area where you need representation? Some attorneys handle a workers' compensation case one day, and then a completely different type of case the next. For example, one day an attorney may work on your worker's compensation case, and the next they may help defend a criminal in a defense trial. Each type of law is unique. The process you use to defend a criminal is very different from the process you use to defend a person who was innured on the job. Ask the attorney you meet with about where he concentrates his practice. If a lawyer works under a multiple of specialities outside of his workers' compensation, you may consider this a red flag. When attorneys practice in may different areas of law, they cannot represent you as effectively as possible. Their focus is too broad making them inexperienced in finding the all of the resources available to you. They may not realize the compensation entitled to you or the tactics used in these specialized cases to avoid paying you the settlement you deserve. As a result, you lose valuable settlement money, which could have hurt you in the long run. 2. Has the attorney written books on the practice law area where you are seeking representation? Many lawyers claim to know about their field of law, but when it comes down to it, they may not be able to give you the in depth representation you want and need. These are the lawyers that usually focus on a broad range of practice areas instead of focusing their attention on one area. Although an attorney may be competent in workers' compensation law, they may not be as skilled as you need them to be to win your case. When an attorney is knowledgeable and experienced in a certain practice area, he can write informative books and guides to help his clients have a better understanding of what their case entails. These guides show in depth information and get a better understanding of all that goes into a case as complex as a workers' compensation claim. Finding out if a lawyer has written any informative books is a good indicator to help you understand his level of authority in the area of the law where you seek representation. 3. Has the attorney appeared on television in relation to the area where you need representation? When you ask about past appearances on television or in any type of news source, the attorney will be proud to tell you where he appeared. He may not be considered an authority in his field, which could hurt your claim.
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Workers' Compensation Attorney4. What is the strategy the attorney will use to help you? There are a number of ways to approach a claim. Some attorneys find that taking a more aggressive approach in a worker's compensation case may get better results. Other attorneys take the approach of wanting to work together with the employer to come to a settlement that both parties find fair and just. Your unique situation will determine the best strategy to help you get what you deserve and want as the outcome in your case. Talking to your attorney prior to hiring him will ensure that you and team representing you have a mutual understanding of how your claim should be handled. If you value the relationship you have with your employer and want to keep things as amicable as possible, it may be better for you to take a less agressive approach. On the other hand, if you reached a point where your employer is not treating you fairly or providing you with what you need to get the best results from your claim, you may need an aggressive lawyer to represent you. By having this conversation with your attorney before you hire him, you can be confident that you find someone that shares your thinking. This will provide you with the best experience possible in your case. 5. Will you have access to your attorney and all of the information related to your claim? After your injury, you want to be kept inthe know about what is happening with your case, and where everything stands between you and your employer. Many workers' compensation victims are left in the dark when it comes to the details of thier case. Being able to communicate directly with your attorney is critical. You may have valuable communications from your boss that could benefit your case that they need to know. You may have evidence that can increase your chances at a winning settlement. In either case, you need to speak to your attorney, ask your questions, and provide him with all of the information he needs to win you a settlement that will protect your financial future. We understand the importance of getting an attorney on your side that knows how to fight for you. As authorities in workers' compensation law, we know the complex nature of accident claims. That's why we devote our time to helping our clients by finding untapped areas of compensation, aggressive representation, and winning settlements that often times exceeds six figures.