How to Locate a good Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you search the internet for an attorney, you will find a vast number of attorneys who practice workers’ compensation law. But how do you know which ones you should consider to help you with your workers’ compensation claim?
First of all, if you are, or were working in Wyoming, you need a Wyoming workers’ compensation attorney, even if you are living in another state. The laws are different in every state, so an attorney from California might not know a lot about Wyoming workers’ compensation law. And, they probably won’t be licensed to practice law in Wyoming.
There are a lot of experienced workers compensation attorneys in Wyoming, so if you are looking for one to assist you with your claim, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Makes Sure That the Attorney’s Practice Focuses on Workers Compensation
Changes that modify or clarify the workers’ compensation law in Wyoming are made on a regular basis and your attorney needs to be aware these changes. This can be hard if workers’ compensation is only a small part of that attorney’s practice.
Workers’ compensation requires a lot of an attorney’s attention. In addition, the attorney has to chase after late compensation checks, help get medical treatment authorized, and do other things that take a lot of time. This can be difficult and time-consuming even with a good staff.
It’s probably okay if the attorney also practices personal law or social security law, but if they have a website with a long list of practice areas, this might be an indication that they are too busy to give your worker’s compensation claim the time it needs.
2. Check and with the Wyoming State Bar Association
The Wyoming State Bar Association oversees the practice of law, promotes quality legal services to the public, and assists attorneys in the practice of law. It also acts as a network of attorneys who help each other with information about the law and legal strategy. This a valuable resource for an attorney and gives them a real advantage in the cases they handle. The Wyoming State Bar Association also offers a free Lawyer Referral Service that lists attorneys who regularly represent injured employees. It shows their name, location, contact information, and how long they have been admitted to the bar. While this is not an endorsement, it does mean that the attorney has met some minimum standards.
3. Check With Lawyer Rating Services
Martindale-Hubbell is the premier rating service for lawyers in the United States and provides background information on lawyers and law firms from all over Wyoming. AVVO is another reputable service that provides ratings, reviews, and disciplinary records for lawyers in every city, state and county. Don’t overlook a lawyer’s reputation and ratings.
4. Get Recommendations From Other Attorneys
Finally, one of the best ways to locate a good workers’ compensation attorney is through the recommendation of another attorney. Attorneys generally know who does a good job for their clients and who is respected in the community. If you are using an attorney for another legal matter or if you are acquainted with an attorney in your community, you can ask them for a recommendation. Try to get at least a couple of referrals and interview each attorney before choosing one.
When you finally meet with a potential attorney, make sure that you speak to him and not his paralegal or assistant. Furthermore, make sure that you feel comfortable with the attorney and that you are confident in his or her ability to help you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to under Wyoming workers’ compensation law.
Disclaimer:As of this date, 6/13/16, all information within this article is accurate and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not rely on this information as it is possible for laws to change.