After suffering from a serious work injury or illness, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney to handle your claim. Workers’ compensation claims are complex, since the laws are specific on your eligibility determinations and how you can file claims. Most clients will find that attorneys who only dabble in workers’ compensation do not have the skill or time to handle their claim; therefore, it is best that you look for an attorney who deals with injury claims and workers’ compensation cases on a frequent basis.
It can be difficult to differentiate between each lawyer – after all, you cannot always tell the full extent of their experience just by speaking with them or looking at their websites. There are things you can do, however, to reduce your number of choices when searching for the right attorney for your claim.
Tips for Selecting a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
When looking for attorneys to represent your claim, here are a few things to do first:
- Ask for recommendations. Ask friends, family members and even coworkers about any attorneys they have used or professionally know. It is best to get referrals from actual satisfied clients rather than someone who has heard about an attorney through someone else. You can also ask for referrals from the state or local bar association, or your legal aid society.
- Rely on the internet. The internet can tell you a lot these days about a potential attorney. While you are searching for workers’ compensation attorneys, look at lawyer directories and review sites to see what others have to say about a particular workers’ compensation lawyer. Do not rely solely on the testimonies posted on an attorney’s website – often, attorneys will use their best testimonies or even those that they have solicited from their best clients. These are by no means a representation of the attorney’s true skill.
- Use the consultation appointment as your own interview. You are not obligated to hire an attorney just because you meet with him or her. Instead, use your consultation appointment as an interview for you to get to know the attorney, his or her methods, and your own comfort level. If you do not feel comfortable with a particular attorney, schedule a consultation with a different one.
- Look for someone you can be confident in, and who treats you with respect. If you have no confidence in your attorney, it will not go very far in the claim process. You need to trust your lawyer; furthermore, there needs to be respect on both sides of the professional relationship. As the client, your needs should come first. While an attorney should always offer advice, you need someone who doesn’t treat you like another number.
Speak with a New York Worker’s Compensation Attorney Today
If you have been seriously injured at work, do not put off hiring an attorney. Contact the expert attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. today regarding your workers’ compensation claim. You can schedule a free consultation by callling 1-888-575-6410 or filling out our online contact form with your legal questions.