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How to Prepare for Your Meeting with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

By Jan Hoen

If you have been injured on the job (or have acquired a work-related illness), having an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer in your corner is critical. Preparing for your meeting with a prospective workers’ comp lawyer may feel daunting, but it needn’t be. The lawyer is there to help you receive your rightful benefits, and with a little prep on your part, you’ll be well-positioned to help your workers’ compensation lawyer help you. 

What to Bring Along

In order for the workers’ compensation lawyer to provide you with as much assistance as possible, he or she will need to know everything about your claim. To help get him or her up to speed, it is a good idea to bring all of the following to the meeting with you:

  • The date you notified your supervisor or employer about your injury-causing accident and his or her name and contact information
  • A copy of the written notice that you provided your supervisor and a copy of the accident report generated by your employer
  • The contact information for the medical facility where you were treated and for your treating physician
  • Pictures of your injuries
  • The dates of your medical treatment and the medical bills you have incurred
  • Contact information for any eyewitnesses at the scene of the injury-causing accident
  • Any correspondence between you and your employer about the accident and/or your injury claim

Your Turn to Ask Questions

If you have been injured on the job, you have questions, and you are looking for a workers’ compensation attorney with whom you are comfortable working, which means that you should come prepared with a list of questions of your own. Consider the following:

  • How long have you been in practice, and do you devote a considerable amount of your practice to workers’ compensation claims?
  • Have you worked with other clients who have suffered similar injuries?
  • What is your track record with workers’ compensation cases?
  • Will you be handling my case personally? 
  • Are you prepared to go to trial if the need should arise?
  • What are the strengths and challenges of my claim, and what can I do to protect it?
  • What is the most likely outcome for my claim?

While there are never any guarantees when it comes to workers’ compensation claims, your workers’ compensation lawyer can help you better understand how your claim is likely to be resolved, what to expect along the way, and how best to protect your claim from the outset. It is also important to discuss the costs involved. Most reputable workers’ comp lawyers work on contingency, which means they receive a prearranged percentage (of your settlement or court award) only if your claim prevails, and this is an important matter to establish early in the process.  

An Experienced Virginia Workers’ Comp Lawyer Can Help

The trusted Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers at Hampton Injury Law dedicate their practice to helping clients like you get the coverage they deserve, and we have the experience and legal insight to help. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today.

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