Choosing the right workers’ compensation lawyer may mean the difference between having your application approved or denied. Ask your California workers’ compensation attorney these six crucial questions to get a feel for their experience, and if they will truly be able to represent you to the best of their abilities.
1. What Cases Do You Take Other Than Workers’ Compensation Cases?
An attorney who focuses the majority of his or her practice on workers’ compensation cases may be a better fit for your needs than an attorney who practices in a variety of areas such as family law or criminal defense and simply takes workers’ compensation cases on the side.
2. Do You Offer a Free Consultation?
Most attorneys will offer a free consultation to determine if you have a case or not. It may not be in your best interest to pay an attorney for a consultation only to be told that you do not have a case, or your workers’ comp application is unlikely to be approved.
3. What is Your Success Rate With Workers’ Comp Cases?
An attorney with a high success rate in workers’ compensation cases likely has the skills and expertise to represent your case both in and out of court. It is probable that he or she has developed sound strategies that get proven results in these types of cases.
4. How Long Have You Been Representing Workers?
It is important to work with a California work injury lawyer who has sufficient experience representing clients in cases similar to yours. While it’s not to say that newer attorneys do not have the skills to do a great job, it can give you peace of mind to know that your lawyer has been successful in this area many times before. Additionally, attorneys who have more experience representing workers have a better idea of what works in the courtroom – and what doesn’t.
5. Do You Belong to Any Professional Associations?
Lawyers who are a member of professional associations dedicated to workers’ compensation show they are committed to this area of the law. Also, attorneys who are recognized by national or local associations are more likely to be able to offer you the solid representation you need.
6. What is the Best Strategy For My Case?
After the initial consultation, an experienced Orange County workers’ compensation lawyer should have a basic idea of what strategy would be best in your case and will outline that for you. It may involve things that you need to do, such as gathering medical records or writing down what happened, and it will also involve what the attorney’s strategy is for moving forward. Your attorney should have a clear plan of action.
At the Law Office of Michael J. Holmes, we are dedicated to workers who have been hurt on the job and can provide you with aggressive representation in order to help you get the benefits you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case at (714) 202-0217. We’re available now and ready to assist you with your legal needs.