If you’ve been injured at work, you have probably learned the hard way that receiving the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve will be difficult. As a result, you’ve probably realized fairly quickly that you need the assistance of an attorney. Having legal representation greatly increases your chances of winning your claim for benefits. But knowing you need an attorney is just the first step. The second, and most important step, is choosing the attorney most qualified to represent you. Just because a lawyer is willing to take your case does not mean he or she is the best fit for your needs. Therefore, it’s vital when considering an attorney to ask some important questions.
Just as when an employer is considering a candidate for a job, you should know what training and experience your potential attorney has. Without a doubt, there is a clear correlation between an attorney who has more experience and training and their success in winning cases. What is their level of education? How long have they been practicing law? While a new lawyer is not necessarily a bad lawyer, attorneys such as Millon and Peskin, who have a combined thirty-five plus years’ experience, are more likely to have the know-how required to successfully navigate workers’ compensation law. Also, is the attorney licensed to practice law in your state? How long have they been specializing in workers’ compensation law, and how long have they been practicing this type of law in your state? Remember that every state has different laws and procedures related to workers’ compensation, so experience practicing in your area is vital.
To coin a phrase, “the proof is in the pudding.” Just because an attorney has practiced workers’ compensation law, does not mean they have been successful doing so. Ask them what their success rate has been in winning their client’s case. Also, ask them what percentage of their business is made up of workers’ compensation cases. An attorney whose client base consists of only a small number of injured workers is not likely to have the necessary depth and breadth of knowledge and experience. A firm like Millon and Peskin, which largely represents injured workers, is far more likely to understand how to successfully win a workers’ compensation case.
An important question to ask your potential lawyer is how long he or she has been in business. While a newly formed firm may not be indicative of a problem, at best all new businesses experience some form of upheaval or learning curve that comes with putting together a new office and team. But the worst case scenario is an attorney who has bounced around to a number of firms or been involved too often in failed businesses. A firm that has been in business longer tends to offer more stability and less likelihood of having to change your DuChamp County workers compensation lawyer mid-case.
In part two, we will discuss further practical questions to ask when interviewing for a workers’ compensation attorney.
About the Author: Brooke Haley is a Marketing Associate at Millon & Peskin, Chicago workers compensation lawyers 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 attorney,please visit www.millonpeskin.com.