Many injured workers struggle to receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. As a result, many seek assistance from an attorney who can fight for their rights. But how do you know which lawyer you should choose to represent you? To better ensure your success, look for these five qualities when choosing your workers’ compensation attorney.
Experience: Your attorney’s level of legal experience is as important as his or her level of education. You need an attorney on your side who has years of in-depth experience fighting for injured workers’. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Millon and Peskin have over twenty-five years of combined legal experience. Attorneys with this degree of knowledge have developed an instinct for understanding their client’s needs, as well as knowing how to cut through smoke screens and red tape to get the results needed.
Expertise: While you may know that being an attorney requires a certain amount of education, you may not know that each state has different rules regarding attorney licensing. Always make certain the attorney you choose is licensed and/or approved to practice law in your state. Additionally, there are many types of law a lawyer can practice, from criminal defense to maritime law. But while you may think that workers’ compensation advice by your estate attorney uncle in Texas is help enough, think again. The laws regarding workers’ compensation are complex and every state has different laws and procedures that govern their system. In Illinois, for instance, the “Rules Governing Practicing Before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission” consists of over eighty pages of rules and required procedures. Choose an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in your state. The slightest missed step or error can delay or end your claim, so be certain your attorney is an expert in the field.
Success: Any appropriately licensed attorney can take your case. But the real question is: can they win your case? Do they have a success rate that proves they not only know the in’s-and-outs of workers’ compensation, but that they also have the skill to ensure their client’s receive the benefits they deserve? Choose an attorney such as Millon and Peskin who have a proven track record of winning.
Dedication: Fighting for workers’ compensation benefits isn’t easy. If it were, more injured workers would receive the medical treatments and benefits they deserve. But the fact is that even the most clear cut cases are lost in a system that can at times seem designed to punish victims. What hope, then, does a worker with a difficult case have? An attorney who is dedicated to his or her clients is vital to successfully defending your rights. Choose an Illinois workers compensation attorney who is unafraid of the tough cases, who is not just willing, but eager to devote the time and energy needed to examine every aspect of your case and break down the obstacles standing in your way.
Communication: One thing is almost always true about a person filing for workers’ compensation benefits. They want answers. By the time a person seeks the help of an attorney, they have already been forced to jump through seemingly endless hoops just to get someone to listen to them and answer their questions. But usually all this effort has had little success. A good attorney will make certain your questions are answered. A great attorney will anticipate those questions and make certain you are continually kept up to date regarding your case. Information, after all, is power. Millon and Peskin believe that an attorney and his client are a team, and that success relies upon excellent communication between both parties.
About the Author: Brooke Haley is a Marketing Associate at Millon & Peskin, Chicago workers compensation attorney that practice in the areas of Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury. Millon & Peskin is a General Civil Litigation Practice with the goal of representing the interests of injured workers, throughout all applicable Courts in the State of Illinois. For more information about Illinois workers compensation lawyer,please visit www.millonpeskin.com.