Getting hurt on the job is a scary experience. Not only must you deal with the physical pain and mental stress caused by a work-related injury, but now your ability to earn a paycheck has been suddenly compromised.
You know you have important rights, but how do you protect them? How can you be certain you’re not making a serious mistake when filing your claim for benefits?
This is where a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer can help. Although the law doesn’t require you to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer, having an aggressive advocate on your side can give you much-needed peace of mind as you navigate the complexities of an unfamiliar legal and regulatory system.
As you search for a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer, here are six important qualities to look for:
Does the lawyer devote a substantial portion of his practice to workers’ compensation law? Cardiologists and OB/GYNs are both medical doctors, but you probably wouldn’t go see an OB/GYN for a broken arm.
Lawyers work in much the same way. There are plenty of competent attorneys who practice in several different disciplines, but they may not handle workers’ comp cases day in and day out.
Is the lawyer available when you have a question? Or do you automatically get passed to a member of his support staff? If you can’t get a lawyer to respond to you at the beginning of your case, you can almost count on this behavior becoming a pattern.
What Do Other Clients Say?
Does the lawyer provide testimonials from past and current clients? Read what other clients have to say about their experiences. Also check to see if your lawyer has earned positive ratings from other lawyers in the community, such as the prestigious AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Patience is more than just a virtue—it’s a must in any kind of legal case. An on-the-job injury can quickly affect every part of your life. When you can’t earn a paycheck, your finances can quickly bottom out, leaving you with a growing stack of medical bills and household expenses.
It’s normal to feel panicked, and it’s normal to have a lot of questions and concerns. Your lawyer may have encountered this situation hundreds of times, but this is the first time you have ever had to deal with such a terrifying ordeal.
You deserve compassion. More importantly, you deserve a lawyer who is willing to answer your questions in a patient, respectful manner, no matter how many times he has heard them before.
The lawyer you meet at your initial consultation should handle your case from start to finish. You shouldn’t be passed off to a less experienced lawyer. If your claim must be appealed, your lawyer should also be there to help you through the appeals process.
Clear Explanation of Fees
Your lawyer’s fee structure should never be a mystery. The cost of your lawyer’s services should be clearly explained in thorough detail, so you’re never surprised by a bill, and you never have to wonder why you’re being charged.
Contact a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer about Your Case
Have you been hurt at work? The lawyers at Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A. help clients throughout West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Orlando get the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. Call today to talk to a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer about your case.