Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. If you are injured at work, you may be entitled to medical treatment as well as temporary or permanently disability or death payments. However, your best chances of receiving the money you need may be hiring the right Iowa workers compensation lawyer.
Your first source for finding a good attorney may be your friends and family. You may also ask your coworkers. However, if none of these individuals has ever filed a workers’ compensation claim, you may need to seek referrals from your state bar association or legal aid office.
Your research shouldn’t stop with gaining referrals, however. You should also search for online reviews of each attorney on your list. In addition, you should contact the Better Business Bureau for their rating and any outstanding claims. The local chamber of commerce may also be a good resource.
Request a Consultation
Gather up your paperwork and ask the attorney for a free case evaluation. If any attorney tries to charge you for a consultation, this is a red flag. Not only should the attorneys be able to tell you your chances of winning your case, but these professionals should tell you what evidence to gather and doctors to see to increase your chances of a good settlement.
Don’t hesitate to ask about the attorneys’ experience, how much of their practices are dedicated to workers’ compensation and whether they have the time and resources available to handle your case. This is like a job interview, and you want the very best candidate, so ask lots of questions. For example, who will be working on your case, the attorney, a junior associate or other legal professionals?
Ask about legal fees. Typically, you will not be charged anything up front. However, if your case is lost, you may be responsible for filing and court fees.
If you are injured at work, choose a workers’ compensation lawyer that treats you with respect, has the experience and resources to win your case and keep you updated on your case progress.