Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation laws can be complex and difficult for an injured worker to understand. Attempting to enforce your rights without an attorney can have dire consequences if you make a mis-step. Having an attorney in your corner can make all of the difference in the world, and can maximize your recovery and potential settlement. Here are four suggestions to help you find the right attorney for your Pennsylvania workers' compensation case.
- Search online legal directory web sites.
There are invaluable legal resources available to help you in your search for the right attorney. For example, Avvo, has a great tool that enables you to "Find a Lawyer" by area of expertise or geographic location. You can start with the broad search of "workers compensation" and then narrow your search by selecting a city such as "Harrisburg." "York" or "Pottsville." From there you can look at their reviews from clients, and also see what other attorneys have to say about that specific attorney. Many attorneys contribute to legal forums and this will provide insight on the attorney as they render advice to others in need. You can also see if they have submitted any Legal Guides, possibly elaborating issues such as the one you are seeking help about yourself. Another example of a legal web site you can use to review an attorney's background is Justia. Like Avvo, Justia is a great resource for someone looking for an attorney and this site also allows attorneys to upload videos that may be of interest to injured workers and other.
- Use Google and Social Media to find out as much as you can about the attorneys you are considering.
Google will provide you with excellent information on local workers compensation attorneys. You will be able to see the attorneys web site, articles they may have written, or that may have been written about them. This will enable you to read about them, get to know more about them, and to be prepared when you finally meet with them to ask any questions you may have about your case, the attorney, or their firm. Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media can also give you insight to attorneys you may want to meet.
- Call your local Lawyer Referral Service
Many county bar associations have lawyer referral services and will provide you with the name and telephone number of attorneys that practice workers' compensation in your area. The Dauphin County Bar Association for example, operates a Lawyer Referral Service which assists in identifying private attorneys appropriate to their needs who can then be retained for their professional advice and representation.
You should certainly make an informed decision when hiring a Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Attorney. You should not rush into making this important decision. Take your time, call a few different attorneys to see who matches your personality best and ask for a free consultation. After using some of the resources listed here, you will be best prepared to hire the attorney for you and your case.