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Questions To Ask When Hiring A Workers Comp Lawyer

Questions To Ask When Hiring A Workers Comp Lawyer

If you believe your employer is not giving you all the compensation you deserve following a workplace accident or injury, it's time to interview some workers' comp lawyers.

Most workers' compensation lawyers are willing to meet with you in a free, no-obligation meeting called an initial consultation. There, you can get feedback about your chances of collecting more money from your employer. And you can find out which workers' comp lawyer you would want to hire.

Come to your meeting prepared with bills and medical reports associated with your injuries, relevant photos you may have and witness contact information. Also bring some questions you'd want to ask. We have a number of suggestions in this article.

Background & Experience

A comfortable way to get the conversation flowing is to ask questions about the workers' compensation attorney's background. Some relevant questions include:

  • How long have you been practicing law? How long have you been helping clients with workers' compensation claims?
  • Do you take on other types of cases? If so, which? How much of your practice is devoted to workers' compensation?
  • Do you always settle your claims? Have your clients appeared in an administrative hearing? What is your success rate?
  • How often have you represented clients with workplace accidents similar to my own? With injuries like mine?
  • How do you stay on top of changes in workers' compensation laws?

Advice & Strategy

You'll want some feedback about your case. Consider asking:

  • What are the strengths of my workers' comp claim? What are its weaknesses?
  • Do you see my employer's insurance company settling quickly?
  • Is mediation an option?
  • How long before I can see some money?

Case Management

When workers' compensation attorneys use the term case management, they are referring to how they manage your case. You should ask about this as well because you want to prevent any misunderstandings. Ask questions such as:

  • Do you have the time to work my claim?
  • Will others work on it as well? Who? May I meet them?
  • Who will represent me in settlement talks or at an administrative hearing?
  • Can I expect regular updates? From whom? How often?
  • Whom do I call if I have a question?

Legal Fees

Most workers' comp lawyers work on contingency. This means they take a percentage of the proceeds you are able to collect from your claim. In some states, this percentage is set by state law. To understand the legal fees better, consider asking:

  • What percentage will you take?
  • Do I owe you anything if we're unable to collect?
  • Are there other legal expenses I'm expected to pay? What are they and how much might they total?

Selecting a Workers' Comp Lawyer

Once you have finished your last interview, it's time to select a workers' compensation attorney. That means it's time to ask yourself a few questions, such as:

  • Which attorney had the most relevant experience?
  • Whose approach and advice did I like best?
  • Whose legal fees seemed fair?
  • Who gave me the most confidence?
  • Who seems most trustworthy?

When you have answered these questions, you will know which workers' compensation lawyer you should hire. You are now ready to pursue your workers' comp claim.