Finding an attorney can seem like such a tedious process at best, and a stressful process at worst — especially considering that if you’re wondering how to find a good lawyer, you’re probably already dealing with a difficult situation. Everyone will be more than willing to give you their own tips on how to find a reputable lawyer, but few people realize that there are far too many sectors inside the legal field to make the same tips valuable for each case — finding lawyers for bankruptcy cases, for example, is going to be much different from finding a personal injury lawyer for a workers compensation dispute.
So with that in mind, here are a few points specifically geared toward finding an attorney for a workers comp claim:
- Workers comp claims are cases when an employee gets injured on the job — in many cases, these lawsuits pertain to situations where the employer didn’t take the necessary safety precautions; in other cases, the injured employee is unable to work (and often has serious and lasting injuries), meaning that he or she needs some protection and financial assistance. Employees shouldn’t have to struggle without any assistance after being injured on the job — and it’s important to realize first that you have no reason to be ashamed or nervous.
- Many cases involving workers comp attorneys happen because the employee and employer no longer have a good relationship; if this is the case, it’s best for the employee to hire an outside party (i.e., a lawyer) to help him or her negotiate a reasonable settlement or be ready to take the case to court.
- When you’re looking for a good lawyer, it’s important not to go with the lawyer who agrees with everything you say; a talented and experienced lawyer will know to ask a lot of questions and will try to find any weak spots in your case, because this is exactly what will happen during a settlement hearing and/or in court.
- Speaking of experience, it’s important to look for an attorney who has considerable experience dealing with similar cases in the past; that being said, try not to base your entire decision on how much experience that person has. Newer lawyers may not have decades of experience, but the right lawyer will still be able to argue your case and understand what a reasonable settlement would be.
So now we’re turning to you for some advice — what do you think is the best tip for finding an attorney for a workers comp claim? We’d love to hear your comments and questions!