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.
At the 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.
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