the If you've been seriously hurt while on the job, it can be difficult
to know what your options are and who to turn to for help. Unfortunately,
there are many law firms out there that know how our workers' compensation
system works, promise their clients results, and settle their cases in
depositions for far less money than the claimant deserves.
The insurance companies benefit from this approach because they are rarely
pressured to provide substantial benefits for claimants. That is why,
when you find yourself in need of a workers' comp attorney, it is
advised that you choose one that isn't only going to approach your
case as "business as usual." Below, we take a look at three
crucial questions to ask about your potential counsel before deciding
on a workers' compensation attorney.
Are You Meeting with an Attorney at Law?
It may be hard to believe, but many law firms and lawyers hire teams of
"cappers" to meet with work injury victims and encourage them
to file workers' compensation suits. This practice boomed in the '90s
and is still around today. If you are speaking with someone about a worker’s
comp claims who is associated with a law firm, confirm that they are actually
the attorney that will oversee your case. If they are not, then you might
be dealing with capper who is looking to turn your injury claim into a
quick buck. At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, our attorneys meet in
our prospective clients in person to discuss their legal options.
Is the Attorney Industry-Recognized?
Once you have confirmed that you are speaking to an attorney, ask him or
her about their experience with workers' compensation claims. Are
they Certified Specialist in WC law in California? Have they received
any reputable industry ratings, such as an AV Preeminent® Rating from
Martindale-Hubbell®? Or have they been recognized in any industry
lists like the Southern California Super Lawyers list? It is also recommended
that you verify these things yourself on the Internet—most reputable
legal accolades are compiled in online directories. All of these kinds
of certifications and industry recognitions are signs that the attorney
is knowledgeable and capable of providing results for their client.
Will Your Case Be Handled Locally?
When speaking with your prospective attorney, ask whether they would plan
to file your workers' compensation claim at the Appeals Board nearest
to where you live. Not only will this be more convenient for you, but
it's also indicative that the firm is ready to recognize and fight
for your interests—and not just process your case as quickly and
easily as possible.
Law Offices of Wax & Wax, our award-winning Glendale workers' compensation and Social Security
Disability attorneys understand the challenges claimants face when trying
to decide who to trust with their case. From our very first, in-person
conversations with our clients, we're ready to hear their concerns
and ensure that every avenue towards securing proper benefits is aggressively
and effectively pursued.
Get a proven advocate on your side for this complex process. Contact us today.