Hiring a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney to handle your work injury claim can be a daunting situation. If you are like many people, you have never needed the services of a law firm in the past, which can make selecting the right attorney difficult.
There are a number of criteria you should look for when interviewing attorneys to handle your claim. The first is to make sure that he or she has experience with this type of law; if the attorney has only handled car accident cases in the past, he or she may not have the knowledge to successfully resolve your claim.
Next, ask the attorney if he or she belongs to any professional organizations related to Workers’ Compensation. Membership in a legal association demonstrates that the attorney is serious about learning new strategies and techniques that will, in turn, benefit their clients and that he or she is on top of the latest changes to Workers’ Comp laws. When speaking to potential attorneys, ask if they are a member of The Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG), one of the top Workers’ Compensation legal associations in the country.
Why Should Your Attorney be a Member of WILG?
Founded in 1995, WILG has over 850 members from every state in the country. The organization not only ensures that attorneys are equipped to handle new challenges when handling work injury claim cases, but is also dedicated to protecting the rights of workers.
By providing advanced education, the organization strives to improve the legal representation that its members provide to injured workers. This is done through a number of continuing legal education courses and events, such as:
- annual conventions;
- conferences; and
- seminars on select topics.
So what does this mean to you and your work injury claim? It means that your attorney has demonstrated a commitment to workers’ rights. In addition, it means that your attorney understands the challenges many workers face when filing a claim, as well as how to overcome it.
How Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
We expect our employers to have our best interests at heart; however, this is not always the case. By hiring a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney, you have a professional on your side who will not only help you file your claim correctly the first time, but he or she can assist if your employer decides to retaliate or deny your claim.
Some claims are cut and dry, but if your injuries are so severe that they require surgery, you are no longer able to work, or you have pre-existing conditions, you would likely benefit from an attorney who can help you gather evidence and determine whether the amount of compensation you have been offered is fair.
A WILG membership helps attorneys improve their skills with every facet of the claim process, from investigating the claim, to ensuring that their clients are handled fairly.
Contact Workers’ Comp Attorney
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you not only have to worry about the cost of your medical bills, but also lost earnings. That’s why hiring the right Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney is of the utmost importance. Fortunately, Attorney Michele Lewane, of the Injured Workers Law Firm, has helped many clients with their work injury claims and continues to update her skills through her membership in the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group. To learn how she can help you, call 804-755-7755 or 877-755-7744 today.