Workers’ compensation law, especially in no-fault states, can be complicated. You need to know your rights because you must follow a specific time-sensitive claims process, and your claim may still be denied. Consulting or contracting a workers compensation attorney Oregon will help you with the claims process.
If you know individuals, such as friends, family members, or coworkers, who have successfully completed a workers’ compensation claim, ask them how the process went and if they would recommend their attorney. Then, ask about the process and attorneys’ communication preferences.
If you do not know anyone who has filed, you may consult other legal professionals you know. In addition, you may read online reviews or testimonials. However, always check with the state bar to determine if the attorneys are in good standing and if they have any disciplinary actions on their records. You can conduct further research through your local chamber of commerce and the Better Business Bureau.
After you have narrowed down your list, consider asking each attorney for a free consultation. Find out the firm and attorney’s specialization. How much of their cases are workers’ compensation related, and what is their claim success rate? You need to know about their support staff and how often they will update you on the case process.
Find out who to contact if you have questions or concerns, especially if you need additional medical treatment. You want legal counsel that makes your medical treatment a priority, not one that just seeks to get you the largest settlement because your medical treatment may continue into the future and your lawyer will take a percentage of any cash award.
Ask for a case review. Any lawyer with extensive experience can look over your case, discuss your rights and give you an idea of the process and your odds of winning your claim.
If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, consider consulting with an experienced attorney who will fight for your medical treatment and financial compensation.