When your workers’ comp claim is denied, you’ll likely want to retain an attorney for help with your appeal and the subsequent processes that follow. Protecting your rights is vital, and you’ll have many different highly-qualified attorneys you can choose from. However, with so many different options, where do you even begin when you want to make sure make the right choice? Here are a few tips you can follow to help you choose the right lawyer for your case.
Look For Recommendations
Former clients are the best indicator of an attorney’s skills, both in terms of client service and legal ability. There are many different places you can go to read reviews from former clients on different attorneys. Sometimes lawyers will go looking through these different sources and post some of the reviews on their own websites.
However, word-of-mouth recommendations are the best and perhaps the most reliable, especially when they come directly from a former client. If a family member or friend has been through a workers’ compensation claim before or knows somebody who has, they may be able to direct you towards a good starting point when it comes to choosing the right attorney.
Focus on the Initial Consultation
The initial consultation is essentially a two-way job interview. You’ll discuss your case with your attorney, they’ll give you a little bit of advice, and use this interaction to ultimately determine whether or not your case is worth pursuing, and if so, whether or not they would like to take it. However, you also should use this time to determine whether or not you’re comfortable with this particular attorney. You’ll be trusting them with a tremendous amount of sensitive information, so you need to feel extremely comfortable with them and be able to trust that they’re going to care for your needs.
Ask your attorney about their experience in workers’ compensation law. Workers’ comp is extremely complex, and many of the best attorneys will spend a good portion, if not the majority of their practice dealing with these types of cases. You’ll also want to make sure your lawyer is experienced. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask an attorney about their experiences in workers’ compensation law, including about any major success stories they’ve had. In fact, attorneys usually jump at the chance to talk about some of the accomplishments and case results that they’re the most proud of.
Finally, you’ll also want to make sure you understand the fee structure your attorney charges. While many attorneys function on a contingency-fee basis, there could be fine print for different tasks. If you’re unclear or unsure about something, ask and make sure you fully understand it.Looking for a skilled Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney for your case? Call The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC today at (770) 629-9321 to request a case evaluation.