When you’ve been injured on the job, finding a good workers’ compensation lawyer probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. However, the decisions you make while filing your claim alone can quickly come back and create problems for your case if you don’t have the help of legal professionals in your corner. If you’re considering filing for workers’ compensation, finding the right workers’ compensation lawyer to help you through the process can make all the difference.
Here are eight questions to ask a workers’ compensation lawyer before hiring them, during the claims process, and before returning to work.
What to Ask a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Before Hiring Them
How Many Workers’ Compensation Cases Have You Handled?
In addition to getting an idea of how long a lawyer has practiced law, this question will help you decide how experienced they are in representing cases like yours. Just because a lawyer has been in the business for a while doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best choice for your workers’ compensation case. Also, make sure your lawyer is not spread too thin and that they can focus their time and attention on your specific claim.
What’s Your Success Rate with Workers’ Compensation Cases?
Of course, you want a lawyer who is successful in handling workers’ compensation claims. The ideal success rate should be around 70 to 80%. If it’s lower than 40%, you may want to move forward with a different lawyer—even if the one you’re considering specializes in workers’ compensation claims.
Are There Any Upfront Costs?
In Missouri, the state limits workers’ compensation lawyer fees to 25% of your awarded compensation, but don’t be afraid to ask if your lawyer charges anything upfront. You may also want to ask about litigation costs which can be incurred before, during, and after a case. This can include anything from court filing fees to travel expenses. However, legitimate and reputable Missouri attorneys will charge no upfront costs, no recovery, and no fees until your case is successfully settled.
What to Ask a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer During The Claims Process
What if the Injury Was My Fault?
Missouri is a no-fault worker’s compensation state. That means, as long as you weren’t drunk or under the influence of drugs when the injury occurred, you are eligible to file for a claim.
What Benefits Can I Receive?
Workers’ compensation pays for medical treatment, temporary wage replacement, and compensation for permanent disfigurement or impairment. Different benefits vary by state, so it’s important to ask your lawyer what compensation you may be eligible for.
What to Ask a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Before Going Back To Work
What if I Need Additional Medical Treatment?
Workers’ compensation should continue to pay for medical treatment until you’re fully recovered. If your lawyer is helping you file for a settlement, additional medical treatment should be factored in.
What if My Employer Wants Me to Work Outside of My Restrictions?
It’s important that you only work within your restrictions. If your employer asks you to do work beyond what is listed in your restrictions, contact your lawyer immediately. If you work outside of your restrictions, your employer can use it as evidence against you to end your benefits.
Should I Leave My Job?
If you leave your job, you could face losing your benefits. It’s best to stay with your employer. That being said, if your employer is treating you unfairly or you feel they are forcing you to quit, contact your lawyer immediately.
Your Local Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you’ve been injured on the job, the lawyers at Lanzotti & Rau can help you pursue legal action to receive compensation for your personal injury. The experts at Lanzotti & Rau take no money up front and no attorney bills until you win a settlement — a testament to the motivation and confidence you can expect from our team.
To learn more about our workers’ compensation legal services or how we handle our cases, call us today at 573-335-9300 to schedule a free consultation.