You’ve just scheduled your free lawyer consultation with a worker’s comp lawyer but now you have no idea what to do next.
Below are five questions you should be asking during that free lawyer consultation to find the best attorney for worker’s compensation to represent you.
1. What is Your Experience?
This may seem obvious but during the free lawyer consultation is the perfect time to find out about the attorney and their practice. How many workers comp cases does this lawyer typically deal with?
You want a lawyer who primarily deals with worker’s compensation cases. Law is an extremely specialized field. When you are searching for lawyers for worker’s compensation you want to be sure your attorney specializes in that field. An attorney whose practice specializes in worker’s compensation will have experience as well as the most up to date information on any worker’s compensation law changes.
Find out how long the lawyer has been in practice and if they will personally be handling your case. Some practices rely on junior partners to do much of the work. You want to be sure the experienced attorney you hire will be the one who is working on your behalf.
2. What Are Your Thoughts on my Case?
This question gives the attorney a chance to tell you about what strengths and weaknesses they see in your case.
What concerns do they have? Do they see specific obstacles that may get in the way of your claim?
What benefits do they expect and in what time frame?
This is an important opportunity to see if your expectations and the lawyer’s are on par. It is also a good time to decide if this lawyer is someone you are comfortable working with and if you think this person will be able to advocate on your behalf and get you the outcomes you feel you deserve. If the numbers or benefits the lawyer thinks he can win you seem off, be sure to ask more questions. You want to enter into an attorney-client relationship with confidence.
3. How Will We Communicate?
Communication is vital. It is important for you to know if the lawyer will personally take your calls or if your questions will be handled by a junior partner or a secretary. Is the lawyer available by email as well as telephone? What is the current turnaround time for a response? When is the attorney available? It is important that you feel satisfied with the worker’s compensation lawyer’s answers to these questions. Communication is vital for a successful case.
4. What Are Your Fees?
Most attorneys require some sort of retainer to take on a client. They typically charge a per hour rate for work completed. Additionally, there may be other fees involved in your case. It is important to know upfront what the charges will be and to ask for an estimate of the total cost of service. At this time, you can also ask if you are expected to pay upfront or if the fees can be deducted from the settlement you receive. If they can be deducted, it is important to ask what happens if you don’t win your case. Will you still be responsible for paying those fees or will your attorney only expect payment if he succeeds in earning your compensation?
5. How Do We Proceed from Here?
If you feel confident that the attorney you are consulting with is an expert in worker’s compensation cases, will be personally handling your case, is someone you are comfortable working with, and who sees eye to eye with you on your case, how do you proceed? This is a perfect opportunity for the lawyer to explain the process moving forward to you. They will tell you what they will do for you and what they will need from you.
Having this conversation prevents surprises later and sets up expectations. It can also give you a sense of peace knowing what will happen next. Filing a workers’ compensation case can feel stressful but having an excellent workers’ compensation attorney at your side should minimize the stress of the situation and maximize the likelihood of a successful outcome.
If you wish to file a worker’s compensation claim and you reside in the Long Island, Queens, Nassau, or Suffolk areas of New York, Robert Golan can assist you. He is an experienced attorney who is eager to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free lawyer consultation at (516) 586-3910.Share This