When it comes to hiring an attorney, you have a lot of choices. There are likely many attorneys available in your local area, so how do you know which one to choose? Although the decision to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer may seem overwhelming, it actually can be fairly easy if you follow these suggestions.
The best place to start your search for a workers’ compensation lawyer is with your family and friends. You will get candid reviews of lawyers if you ask people that you trust. They will be able to tell you what they liked and did not like about the attorney, and they have no reason to give you a biased review.
By visiting this blog, you are already taking an important step toward. If you do a simple online search, you should able to find several options for attorneys that practice workers’ compensation. Just be sure that each one that you look further into actually does workers’ compensation work. Workers’ comp is a unique area of the law, and not every attorney is qualified to practice in this area.
Look For Experience
There are several credentials that you will want in a workers’ compensation lawyer. Experience is one of the most important factors that you should consider. You do not want your case to be the first case that this lawyer has ever had! Instead, look for years of experience and knowledge working in workers’ compensation. You can often find this information on the attorney’s website.
Set Up A Meeting
One of the best ways to determine whether an attorney is right for you is to set up an initial consultation. Attorneys will often do this at no charge for potential new clients. This is your time to share your situation with the lawyer, ask questions, and determine what your next steps should be.
It is also a great time to “interview” the lawyer to see if he or she will be a good fit for you. You must be comfortable with your attorney because you will be sharing some very personal information with him or her as you go through your workers’ compensation case.
Below are some questions that you should consider at the meeting:
- Is the attorney really listening to what you have to say?
- Does the lawyer seem like he or she cares about you as a person and your case?
- Is the lawyer answering your questions fully and honestly?
- Does the lawyer explain complicated legal concepts in a way that you can understand?
- Do you feel comfortable talking to this lawyer?
- Has this attorney handled cases like yours before?
You may also want to consider how long it took to set up a meeting and how well their staff treats you. This says a lot about the attorney and the firm that you may be working with in the future.
Jim Glaser Law offers free case evaluation services, and we encourage you to come down and meet our workers’ compensation team. We want you to be comfortable with your workers’ compensation lawyer before we ever start on your case — contact us for more information.