So, how do I find an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in my area? Here are some tips.
1. Get a referral from an attorney that you know. He or she will probably know someone who specializes in your area of need. If you need an attorney in an area of practice that we don’t handle, call us and we’ll help you find the right lawyer for your case.
2. The Yellow Pages can actually be a good source for referrals. Understand three things, however. First, not everyone advertises in the Yellow Pages. Most of our cases come from referrals from other attorneys and from satisfied clients. Second, be careful about ads that tout too many different specialties. No one can do everything well. Also, make sure that the attorney you hire is selective enough with his or her cases that your important case does not become just one more file in the pile. Keep in mind, anyone can put a fancy add in the Yellow Pages if he or she is willing to pay for it. There are no qualifications.
3. Interview several attorneys. Ask the attorney who else handles these cases in your area and if he won’t give you any names, then leave. Ask this question of each attorney. The names you see showing up on various lists of recommendations are probably good bets for attorneys doing these cases in your area on a regular basis. Keep in mind, you want someone with whom you feel completely comfortable. You are going to be depending on that person to help you get through some very difficult times in your life.
4. Once you’ve decided on an attorney, make sure that both of you understand your goals and how the relationship will work. How will the attorney keep you informed about the progress of the case? What will be the pace of your case and what are the time frames you can expect? Who will actually be working on your case? If you are hiring an attorney because of his or her trial skills, make sure that person is the one that is going to actually be trying your case for you—not another attorney in the firm.