What Should I Discuss During My Initial Consultation?
The Purpose of an Initial Consultation
In the midst of a workers’ compensation claim, you’ll want to hire an experienced attorney to assist with your case. With the help of a lawyer, you will have a resource to ask questions, build your case, and protect your rights throughout the process.
You may be wondering how to find the best attorney for your situation. Many workers’ compensation lawyers (including the team at Alvandi Law Group, P.C.) are available for initial consultations. The purpose of a consultation is to discuss the details of your claim with someone who is familiar with the workers’ compensation system before actually hiring someone, so you can feel confident in your choice. A consultation is also a good platform for asking any questions you have about your own claim, or workers’ compensation in general.
So, what should you discuss with your workers’ compensation attorney during an initial consultation to ensure you get the most out of the discussion?
Prepare in Advance
Before you pick up the phone and call a workers’ compensation attorney, you should gather all of the information you have about your claim and think about why you are calling. Compile all of the:
- Medical records
- Job documents
- Witness contact information
- And other information related to your case
A consultation is not only an opportunity for you to meet a lawyer, it is also an opportunity for the lawyer to meet you — providing comprehensive information will facilitate the process.
Following an on-the-job accident, many questions about your claim will arise naturally, but taking the time to sit down and think about your goals for pursuing legal action will help you arrive at other questions you need answered.
You may want to ask your workers’ compensation attorney questions such as:
- What benefits am I entitled to?
- What are my rights during the claims process?
- What evidence should I gather to help my case?
Provide Complete Details About Your Case
The attorney you are speaking to will need complete details about your claim in order to provide fully-informed insight. You should be prepared to recount the events that occurred and discuss your injuries and expenses in depth.
Ask the Lawyer About Their Practice
One purpose of a consultation is for the attorney to learn about your case, but another purpose is for you to learn about the attorney. If you decide to pursue a claim, you will be working with your lawyer for a while, and will want to choose a firm you are comfortable with.
Questions you can ask a workers’ compensation attorney to learn more about them include:
- Do you practice workers’ compensation law exclusively?
- Have you had any cases that are similar to my situation in the past?
- What is your in-trial experience?
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