A workers’ compensation attorney represents workers injured on the job to help them obtain the benefits they deserve, such as appropriate medical treatment and wage replacement benefits.
Typical Responsibilities of a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
The typical assistance of a workers’ compensation attorney includes:
● Securing medical evidence and medical records
● Securing the opinions of physicians
● Securing witness statements
● Advancing the legal arguments necessary to support the request for benefits
● Filing pleadings, motions, briefs, opinions, and other legal documents with the court
● Conducting a trial of the case before a judge
● Answering client questions and guiding them through the process
● Communicating with medical providers
● Negotiating a fair settlement on behalf of the worker, if possible
Skills and Knowledge
Experienced workers’ compensation attorneys should have the following skills:
● Clear and concise communications
● Excellent legal research ability
● Ability to faithfully and ethically represent the injured worker
Attorneys You May Want To Avoid
– Poor communication. A great attorney should be clear about the status of your case and what the next steps are in the process. If you can’t get status of your case at reasonable intervals, you may not have the attorney you deserve.
– Lack of enthusiasm. If your attorney is more interested in playing golf or choosing the next billboard they want to appear on, ask yourself, “Is it about them, or about your potential case?”
– Unethical or illegal behavior. Your attorney should never suggest or hint at doing anything illegal that could ruin your case or credibility.
– Lack of respect. An attorney should be respected by other attorneys and judges.
The Next Step
Choosing a competent work injury lawyer in Orange County is the best way to make sure you receive all of the benefits you deserve. To discuss your claim with award-winning attorney Thomas F. Martin, call us today at 714-547-5025 or reach out to us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.