After a workplace injury, you start looking for an Atlanta workers comp lawyer. However, a simple Google search will return hundreds of results. Which one of these attorneys can you entrust with your case and obtain the most favorable outcome?
Here are the things you should consider when comparing various attorneys. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
1. Specialization in Workers Compensation Law
A reputable lawyer will specialize in one, or a maximum of two fields of law. Practicing law in a specific field means that the attorney has:
- A sufficient caseload to know how to negotiate
- Up-to-date knowledge of Georgia workers compensation law
- Hands-on experience in filing appeals and winning them.
You do not want to work with a lawyer who focuses on another practice area and sometimes takes workers comp cases. At our firm, all our lawyers work solely on workers compensation cases and have extensive experience handling claims and appeals.
2. Success Rate in Complex Cases
Not all lawyers are created equal. Some of them only handle cases they know they can win quickly. These are cases that involve easily provable workplace injuries or situations of minor to moderate injuries, which the insurance company won’t fight very hard. Such lawyers give you a false sense of security with their high success rate.
However, a skilled Atlanta workers comp attorney will be able to present case studies involving severe injuries and higher settlement amounts. This is when a lawyer proves their worth: when they have to fight on behalf of their client with equally skilled insurance adjusters and prevail.
3. Good Communication Skills
For the layman, legal terms sound almost like a foreign language. An experienced lawyer knows how to communicate these terms and explain them to you in simple words. This gives you the peace of mind that you know what is happening with your claim and what you are supposed to do next.
For our attorneys, communication with our clients is one of the top priorities. We know that this is a stressful time for you and not knowing what is going on with your claim will add anxiety to the current situation. Thus, you will get regular updates and clear explanations of the situation.
4. Prioritizing Your Medical Treatment, Not Just a Lump Sum Settlement
Some lawyers will focus on getting a lump sum settlement for your claim. This means that they can collect their fee, and move on to the next client. However, for you, it may mean being left without medical care if the sum is used up before you are fully recovered.
A reputable attorney will focus on making sure that the insurance company approves all the necessary treatments, such as:
- Surgery (including plastic and reconstructive surgery)
- Physical and rehabilitation therapy
- Advanced diagnostic tests
After all, this is the main purpose of workers compensation: to make sure that you receive all necessary medical care and that insurance pays for it.
5. Working on a Contingency Fee Basis
After a workplace accident, your finances are already strained. You have medical bills piling up and your wages stopped coming in. The last thing you need to worry about is paying attorney fees in advance.
This is why reputable attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the lawyer gets paid after winning your claim by retaining a percentage of your benefits.
In Georgia, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation limits this percentage to 25%.
The contingency fee basis is not only beneficial for injured workers, who can benefit from professional legal representation. It also motivates attorneys to fight for the best results for their clients.
Schedule a Free Case Review with a Reputable Atlanta Workers Comp Lawyer!
Our law firm gives you the opportunity to evaluate an Atlanta workers comp lawyer during a free case review. You can present your evidence, tell your side of the story, and ask questions to understand the attorney’s qualifications and experience.
Do not waste valuable time! Call us today at 470-518-5026 to schedule your free initial consultation!