The last thing you want to deal with after an injury or illness on the job is the headache of filing paperwork and dealing with lawyers and insurance companies. Workers compensation laws are always changing, so it’s important to get in touch with the right workers compensation lawyer as soon as possible after your injury or illness. With so many lawyers out there, how do you know which one will give you the best outcome? Here are five tips for finding the right workers compensation lawyers for your case.
Use our resources
There are many resources available to help you find a lawyer. If you have been hurt on-the-job, contact OSHA and request a free case evaluation.
Use our Find A Lawyer directory to locate lawyers near you. If your accident happened at home or elsewhere and not on-the-job, contact local law enforcement and ask about workers compensation laws in your state.
Talk with people you trust
People who have gone through workers compensation claim processes before can provide invaluable insights into which attorneys to hire. Ask around among your friends, family, or coworkers.
If you know someone who’s hired a personal injury attorney before—whether it was related to a workers compensation claim or not—ask them who they went with and why. You might learn that they had a particularly good experience with one attorney but that another wasn’t worth their time.
Interview at least three lawyers
Before you hire a lawyer, don’t be afraid to interview them—just like an employer would do with potential new hires. Start by asking questions about their background and experience to see if they have worked in your industry or have had experience litigating similar cases.
You should also ask about their trial record, how many years they’ve been practicing law, and how many cases they handle per year.
Get referrals from friends, family and co-workers
Referrals are one of the best ways to find a lawyer that suits your needs. You know your friends, so talk to them about their experiences with lawyers and learn about whether they’d recommend them or not. When you talk to friends who’ve had success with a particular attorney, you can use their advice as a starting point in your search.
Check BBB reports
Before you go with a law firm, check to see if they’re registered with any of these agencies: American Bar Association (ABA), Better Business Bureau (BBB), and Martindale-Hubbell. These types of reports can tell you about what consumers think of a business, as well as whether it has any legal issues. If it seems like an attorney has a good reputation, then reach out to them—you may even be able to schedule an initial consultation at no cost.