If you’re hurt at work, don’t waste any time finding out where you stand in terms of Florida’s workers’ compensation laws—they can be confusing and employers have been known to prove stubborn when settling claims.
It’s a good idea to seek legal representation from an attorney whose practice includes many years of positive results in workers’ compensation cases. Finding the right fit for your particular case usually is important, but it does take some research.
It’s a good idea to find a lawyer sooner, rather than later, so get started with your search for legal counsel as soon as possible, making sure your candidates have plenty of experience representing people injured on the job.
Once you have narrowed your choice of attorneys, make appointments to interview those you are considering. Choosing the right lawyer for YOU is important, and you should be prepared to interview the candidates.
Make a List. Ask Questions
Here are some questions you might pose to the attorneys:
- Is the focus of your practice workers’ compensation?
- How long have you concentrated on this field?
- In terms of numbers, what is your typical caseload?
- Can you describe some of the types of comp cases you’ve had?
- Will you do the actual work in representing me and, if not, who at the firm will?
- How will I be kept in the loop as the case progresses?
- How long do you think it will take to resolve my case?
While the attorney is, in a sense, auditioning for your business, he will need all the information you can provide to assess the case. You should be ready to provide:
- A description of your job and responsibilities
- A description of your workplace and how you were injured
- A copy of any reports or statements you have made regarding how you were injured
- A copy of any correspondence you have received from your company
- A review of any medical evaluations you have had regarding your injury
Be Clear on the Financial Arrangement
While attorneys interviewed may need some time to evaluate your case, they may be able to estimate what you might expect to recover in terms of a settlement. It is important to be clear on the financial arrangement you will have with the attorneys.
Some attorneys bill for their services on an hourly basis, while others agree to be compensated on a contingency based on the amount of your settlement. You should make sure you are completely clear about the matter of compensation and all other financial issues including expenses. It may be possible to approximate typical expenses based on cases similar to yours.
Other questions may arise in your preparation for the interviews and it’s a good idea to write down everything you’d like to know about the law firm and your case. It’s important to have a comfortable relationship with the law firm you choose. A strong commitment to good, open communications between you and your attorney is important from day one.
The experienced Daytona Beach workers’ compensation lawyers at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., stand ready to help persons injured on the job recover wages and benefits lost as a result of their injuries. Call them at (386) 673-4412, or toll-free at (800) 556-8890 for a free consultation, and request a copy of our FREE book, It's Not Rocket Science, It's Workers' Comp: A Simple Guide through Florida's Not-So-Simple Workers' Compensation System.