Like doctors lawyers specialize. You need a lawyer who really knows workers' compensation law.
Make sure the lawyer has a high Martindale-Hubbell rating.
Martindale-Hubbell is the oldest lawyer rating agency. It rates lawyers as CV (starting out), BV (good), CV (excellent). Make sure the lawyer you contact is "AV" rated.
Make sure the lawyer has a high AVVO rating.
AVVO rates lawyers as well as other professionals. Look for a high rating of "superb" from AVVO. You also want a 10.0 rating.
Ask your friends and relatives for references.
Your friends or relatives may have had imjuries. Ask them for references.
Don't believe the advertising.
Often, the lawyer will make many promises in the advertising. In reality, you may never see that lawyer only a paralegal or a junior associate. So, don't always believe what you see on TV. Be an intelligent consumer.
Make sure the lawyer has experience in Worker's Compensation.
Is he involved in workers compensation lawyer's groups? Does he give lectures to other lawyers? Has he written in the area?