3 Things to Keep in Mind When Searching for a Worker’s Compensation Attorney

Suffering a serious work-related injury or illness can be stressful physically, emotionally, and even financially. According to a report from the American Journal of Medicine, 62% of bankruptcy filings in the United States are due to medical bills and expenses. In fact, bankruptcy filings continue to increase, with statistics indicating that one of out every 70 households, or 322 out of every 1 million Americans, will file for bankruptcy.

As such, finding an attorney who has specific and relevant experience related to your workers’ compensation claim is essential. Finding a lawyer who will be able to empathize with your needs, and who has experience regarding the nature of your claim is not difficult, but does require some time. Follow these three tips on how to find a reputable lawyer in your area.

Ask for recommendations

Word-of-mouth is still a powerful resource in today’s digital age. Begin by asking your family, friends, and acquaintances. Chances are, they personally needed the services of workers compensation attorneys in the past, or can refer you to someone they know who did. Some of the best workers compensation attorneys do little to no advertising, relying instead on referrals and testimonials from satisfied clients.

Do your homework

While word-of-mouth is an excellent way to begin your search, the internet can help you refine it. There are several online directories, including state and local Bar Association sites that can act as a guide. Carefully review attorneys’ website and take notes. Additionally, former client testimonials can offer you greater insight into the experience, knowledge, success rate and professionalism of workers compensation attorneys in your area.

Schedule consultations

Many attorneys offer free initial client consultations, which give clients the opportunity to describe the nature of their claim as well as voice any concerns. The attorney will also take this time to describe how you will be billed should you retain their services. Though there are several questions to ask a lawyer during this time, it’s easy to forget them once you’re actually there. Come prepared by bringing a list of questions based on your research. Don’t feel embarrassed or shy about asking questions in regards to the lawyer’s experience and knowledge.

Navigating the legal process when filing a workers’ compensation claim may be difficult to do do alone, however, finding the right attorney doesn’t have to be. Though it might take some effort, time, and research to find the best attorney for your needs, it can make all the difference in terms of your case.