Don’t be overwhelmed when it comes to finding a lawyer to help you with your work injury case. Do some research, ask some questions and trust your gut. Here are some qualities we consider important in a good attorney.
- Experience in workers’ compensation. There are many Illinois attorneys who have years of experience handling workers’ compensation claims. They know how to get their clients full benefits. The fees are limited by law, so you’re not going to pay a premium for someone who has more experience. What we’re trying to say is that there is no reason not to hire someone who knows what they’re doing. In our opinion, attorneys who focus on one or two areas of law are your best bet. Make sure your attorney handles work injury claims day in and day out and not just once in a while.
- Specific knowledge of your type of injury. On top of having workers’ compensation experience, look for an attorney who knows about your particular injury, especially if it’s unique. Sometimes, you end up fighting with the insurance company for benefits. If your attorney understands the treatment and recovery associated with your type of injury, then you’ll be a step ahead.
- Solid reputation. You want your attorney to have good reviews from past clients. In addition, however, you want them to have a good reputation in the legal community. This means that they are respected by attorneys on the other side. And perhaps more importantly, that they are respected by the arbitrators (these are the judges in workers’ compensation claims).
- Understanding of customer service. Many people don’t consider this when looking for a lawyer. Maybe it’s because lawyers have a reputation for being rude or aloof or unresponsive to questions and concerns. None of this has to be true. Many attorneys work well with their clients and treat them with respect. Don’t hire someone who doesn’t understand this simple concept.
- Proactive and positive attitude. Your attorney should work hard on your behalf. That is at the core of what it means to be a lawyer. It can be difficult to judge this when you first meet with a lawyer, but trust your gut. And ask a lot of questions in order to get a feel for how that particular lawyer operates.
Not everyone needs a lawyer, but those who do should take care to hire someone who is the right fit for their case and their expectations.