If you have a work-related injury and are having difficulty receiving compensation or your claim has been outright denied, you may want to find an Iowa workers compensation attorney. However, you want to find an attorney who will get you the best settlement possible. These are a few tips for interviewing prospective lawyers.
Search for an attorney who has experience with workers’ compensation cases. In fact, you may choose a lawyer who only works on these types of cases. However, you should also seek legal help from an attorney who has experience in your industry because the laws and insurance policy requirements may differ based on industry, injury circumstances or specific job duties. Also, consider asking what percentage of the attorney’s caseload involves workers’ compensation.
Ask any prospective attorney whether they have the time and resources to handle your case. A lawyer who has too many cases may not be able to dedicate the time necessary to get you the best settlement. In addition, insurance companies have legal teams and are willing to spend some money to save more, so your lawyer needs to have the resources to fight this kind of fight. You don’t want your settlement affected by your lawyer’s caseload.
During your initial consultation, ask about your case and probability of winning. You may ask what award the attorney expects, but the attorney may not be able to answer this question. Ask about the lawyer’s plan of action, including any plans for a claim denial.
These cases often take months to resolve, so be sure to ask your prospective attorneys how often they will update you on the case. Find out when and if you should contact them. For example, should you contact them if your medical or employment situation changes? Also, learn how they prefer to communicate. Will they need written records or can you call them on the phone?
Being approved for workers’ compensation can be challenging, but with the right legal guidance and help, your chances of receiving a fair settlement increase significantly.