Posted on January 04, 2019 in Workers Compensation
When you suffer a work injury, you know that workers’ compensation is there to back you up. You know that it will provide the benefits you need, such as medical care and treatment, medication, reimbursement for lost wages, and more. But sometimes, collecting your benefits is not always easy. Sometimes your employer may deny your claim. Fighting that denial can be extremely difficult when you are also struggling to recover from your injuries and get back on your feet.
To get the benefits you are entitled to, you may need the services of a qualified workers’ compensation attorney. But how do you know which attorney will build the best case for you? There are several important factors to consider when choosing a work injury lawyer. These include:
Choosing an attorney who routinely handles work injury claims means you will have experience on your side. It means that your case will be built on a strong foundation, that deadlines will not be missed, that the unusual aspects and nuances of this kind of case will be thoroughly understood and managed, and that your case will be handled properly in all of its aspects. Workers’ compensation law is very different from other areas of the legal system; experience can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
Having a great attorney is important, but having an attorney that will also provide feedback, take the time to answer all of your questions, and provide the one-on-one personal service you need is also essential to a successful case. A law firm’s legal team and support staff are important too. How do they treat you when you call? Are they responsive? You may want to check out a potential attorney’s testimonials from former clients, as well as any honors they have received for their knowledge and experience in workers’ compensation law. Finally, you need to choose someone who will treat your case as a priority.
The Big Picture
Although it is essential to get the financial compensation you need for the wages you have lost and may lose in the future because of your injury, it is also important to get the best medical care possible. Choosing an attorney who will prioritize your health and well-being is just as important as one who works to win the financial benefits you are entitled to. An attorney that understands the “big picture” is your best choice.
When choosing a workers’ comp lawyer, you should inquire about the firm’s success stories. The firm may list information on their website, and you can certainly ask about their record. Knowing that they have “been there and done that” is important, because it means they are well-practiced and successful at handling cases similar to yours. At the same time, having had a diverse workers’ compensation case load means they can be creative in how they handle your unique case.
An attorney should be willing to discuss your case free of charge so that you can make a decision on whether to retain that attorney or not. By discussing the merits and challenges of your case with a prospective lawyer, you can evaluate how that person works, and decide if the firm is a good match for your case. It is a good way to get a handle on the lawyer’s style and on the care and consideration you can expect from the attorney and from support staff.