When you are ready to file a workers’ compensation claim or when you need to file an appeal to get the benefits you deserve, having a skilled attorney on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. However, when it comes to choosing a workers’ compensation lawyer to represent you and your best interests, there is a sea of options, which can be overwhelming.
Below and in some future installments of this blog, we will spotlight some of the most important factors you should look for as you choose the best workers’ compensation lawyer to champion your rights.
1. Experience with Workers’ Compensation Cases – Undoubtedly, this is the first criteria that you should screen potential attorneys for. Because the process of securing workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated – and because insurers have experienced agents who are looking for ways to undercut or deny benefits claims (to save the insurer money), it’s critical that you have an attorney who is experienced at handling these cases so that you have the best chances of obtaining the benefits you need and deserve in the most efficient manner possible.
Here, it’s also important to point out that you should be weary of choosing an attorney who “specializes” in a number of different practice areas (like, for instance, workers’ compensation, car accidents, product liability cases, etc.). Instead, it will usually be in your best interests to stick with a lawyer who only works on workers’ compensation cases, as this will only speak to his extensive experience and his dedication to helping injured workers.
2. Experience in Your Local Area – This factor may not be so obvious to injured workers looking for an attorney, but it is nevertheless important. The reason that it’s crucial that you work with a workers’ compensation lawyer who has experience in your local area is that this type of experience will ensure that a specific legal professional knows the major players in these cases, is familiar with how the process plays out on a local level and ultimately has established relationships with people who can help facilitate stalled cases.
While you can, of course, choose an attorney who is not experienced handling workers’ compensation claims in your area, this choice may increase the risk of your case experiencing unnecessary delays; in turn, this can result in it taking longer for you to receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
Don’t miss the second and third parts of this blog for a continued discussion regarding criteria to look for when you are ready to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer.
Colorado Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick
If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers’ compensation claim, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.
In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.