Common sense ideas when it comes to hiring a lawyer for your workers compensation case:
- Ask questions and expect intelligent, easy to understand answers. Remember, you are the boss and the decision-maker. The lawyer works for you, not the other way around.
- There is no fee for the initial conference. Sit down with a lawyer and find out what rights and benefits you are entitled to. When someone whose time is very valuable is willing to talk to you for no charge, you should listen.
- Bring a family member or friend with you. Another person to listen and ask questions can only help you.
- Consult with a lawyer sooner rather than later. Since the fees are a percentage whether the lawyer works for you two weeks or two years, why not let him earn his fee by representing you as soon as possible.
- Bring your paper work with you to an appointment. It will make the conference more productive and allow the lawyer to provide better advice and counsel.
Remember: Your case is going on right now and evidence is being created right now. It is easier to avoid a mistake now than to fix a mistake later.
When you do not have a lawyer representing you, you are representing yourself. While you certainly have the right to do so, you also have the right to do your own surgery.
Is that a good idea?
And remember, there is no fee unless we win your case.