Taking the Best Measures to Protect Your Rights
Often, when you’ve been injured at work, it can seem pretty straightforward and you might be inclined to just handle the paperwork yourself. That’s almost always a mistake, as your employer and the workers’ compensation insurer have a vested interest in delaying, diminishing or denying your claim. A good workers’ compensation attorney can help you minimize the risk of delay and ensure that you get all the benefits to which you are entitled. But what should you look for in a workers’ compensation lawyer? Here’s a checklist to help you choose the right attorney for your workers’ compensation claim.
Hire Someone Who Handles Workers’ Compensation All the Time
The workers’ compensation system is complex and has its own set of rules. You don’t want to hire a general practitioner, unless workers’ compensation makes up a substantial part of his or her practice. Even a personal injury lawyer may be unfamiliar with the workers’ compensation laws and procedures. You don’t want to pay for the attorney’s education.
Hire Someone Who Goes to Court on a Regular Basis
If your claim is initially denied—which happens more than you would think—chances are good that you’ll have to appear before a workers’ compensation judge or referee. You can expect that your employer will be represented by experienced trial counsel—you should be, too.
Hire Someone Who Has a Plan
During the interview process, ask each attorney what specific steps he or she will take to get the outcome you want. You don’t want a lawyer who plans to wing it.
Hire Someone Who Will Be There When You Need Answers
In just about every case, regardless of the specific details, there will be questions or concerns. You want to know that your lawyer will be accessible, and that you won’t be shuttled to a clerk or paralegal.
Contact Barnard, Mezzanotte, Pinnie & Seelaus
At Barnard, Mezzanotte, Pinnie & Seelaus, we have fought for the rights of individuals throughout Delaware County since 1980. We offer a free initial consultation. To schedule an appointment, call us at 610-565-4055 or contact us online.