It is probably pretty accurate to say that every day in the state of Georgia, a man or a woman injures him or herself in a work related accident. Unfortunately, a lot of insurance companies that work with employers refuse to give individuals the benefits that they truly deserve. If you have found yourself in this situation, then it’s time to start interviewing and talking to attorneys who specialize in workers’ compensation. So, what questions should you be asking these lawyers?
What kind of experience do you have?
This is a great way to break the ice and get a conversation started with an attorney. If he or she is worth their fee, they should have a plethora of experience in different cases. For example, the team of lawyers at Hasner Law Firm PC (which is based out of Atlanta, GA) has over 60 years of experience combined. There is definitely some “teeth” behind the service that they offer, and their success is evident by how long they have been in the game.
What can you tell me about my case?
Once you have a better feel for what kind of experience a lawyer has, it’s imperative that you ask them about your case. This is where you really need to pay attention, so that you can weigh different workers’ comp defense strategies against each other.
Try asking about the strength of your case and how likely it is for you to get benefits. Talk to the lawyer about the particular insurance company that is handling your claim. Does the lawyer believe that there will be a quick settlement?
Do you really have enough time to focus on my case?
Too many legal representatives feel like they can take on case after case without becoming burnt out or lethargic. Make sure you ask your lawyer honestly if they have the time to deal with your particular case. Also think about asking:
- Will you bring in anybody else in your firm to help with my case?
- If so, who is it? May I meet that person and or persons?
Before you arrive to an appointment make sure that you bring any medical reports, bills or documents that are associated with your insurance claim. Have some questions ready to ask, such as the ones above, and don’t be afraid to ask additional questions on the fly.