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?
Questions to Ask a Lawyer Before You Hire Them
(The answers from our office are in parentheses)
- Do you concentrate your practice in the field of Workers Compensation Law? (YES)
- What is the percentage of your practice devoted to Workers Compensation Law? (100%)
- How many years experience do you have in Workers Compensation? (OVER 60 YEARS COMBINED EXPERIENCE)
- Do you have attorneys in your firm to assist me in a civil claim, if my work injury was caused through the negligence of an outside company or person? (YES, WITH >60 YEARS COMBINED EXPERIENCE)
- Will I be provided with information in writing, such as fee agreements and the forms I sign? (YES)
- Will I receive a copy of my medical records as they are received? (YES)
- How do we maintain contact? Do you have an “open door” policy when it comes to setting appointments to discuss my case? (YES and home or hospital visits as needed)
- How do the telephones work and will I receive return calls when you are in Court? (We make every effort to return calls the same day and are available via email and texting)
This content is intended to provide general information and guidance only. You should see an attorney and obtain advice if you have questions or concerns regarding workers compensation. Most lawyers will not charge any fee for an initial consultation to review your case. Only by asking questions and obtaining answers will you obtain the rights and benefits to which you are entitled.