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How to Find a Sacramento Workers' Comp Attorney

If you're suffering from an occupational disease or have been injured at work, California workers' compensation benefits are available to help pay for your medical bills and replace your salary while on temporary or permanent disability leave. A Sacramento workers' comp lawyer can help you get the benefits to which you're entitled and appeal your claim if it's been denied.

If you've never before hired an attorney, you may not know how to find one. This article will guide you through the process.

Qualities to Look for in a Sacramento Workers' Comp Lawyer

Although you can file a Sacramento workers' compensation insurance claim on your own, there are a few reasons to consider hiring an attorney to guide you through the process. A Sacramento workers' compensation lawyer:

  • Can handle the paperwork
  • Will be familiar with California workers' compensation laws and claims procedures
  • Can act as your advisor and advocate
  • Can advise you of your legal options
  • Can handle an appeal, if necessary

When hiring a lawyer, there are several qualities you'll probably want to look for:

  • Knowledge of workers' compensation in Sacramento
  • Experience handling workers' comp claims
  • Familiarity with the California Division of Workers' Compensation
  • Reasonable legal rates
  • A personality that meshes well with your own

Identifying Sacramento Workers' Compensation Attorneys

To begin the process, you'll want to get the name of at least one lawyer in the Sacramento area who handles workers' compensation claims. There are a couple ways to do this.

If you know someone who's collected workers' compensation in Sacramento, ask that person if he used an attorney. Was he happy with the results? Would he suggest you use the same lawyer? A personal recommendation can be invaluable.

Attorneys.com can help you find a workers' compensation lawyer in your area. Complete the form on this site, or call us at 1-877-913-7222. After answering a few basic questions, we'll put you in touch with a Sacramento workers' comp attorney. You can call the attorney at your convenience, or he'll contact you within two business days.

Meeting With Workers' Comp Lawyers

Most lawyers are willing to meet with potential clients during a preliminary meeting, also called an initial consultation. This meeting, which is usually free, enables to you learn more about the lawyer, tell him about your injury and, most importantly, decide whether to hire the attorney.

To prepare for the meeting, you should gather any documents that relate to your injury and your workers' comp claim. These would include correspondence with your employer or its insurance company, as well as medical documents. Bring these to the meeting to help the lawyer better understand your injury and claim.

You'll also want to make a written list of questions you'd like to ask the lawyer. Focus on those qualities you're looking for in an attorney, including experience, legal fees and strategy for handling your case. These questions should help you decide whether the attorney has the know-how to handle your case and if you feel confident in his skills.

You'll also want to bring writing materials, and take notes at or immediately following the meeting. You'll be gathering a lot of important information during the initial consultation, and you want to write it down while it's still fresh in your mind.

Selecting a Sacramento Workers' Comp Lawyer

After you've met with each lawyer you're potentially considering to handle your case, it's time to hire one. Review your notes and think back to your meetings. Did one lawyer clearly stand out as the best person to handle your case? If so, your choice will be a simple one.

If you're not sure which lawyer is right for you, ask each attorney for the name and number of a past client you can talk to. Call this reference and ask about their own experience with the lawyer. What did they like and dislike about the attorney? Were they satisfied with the outcome? Would they recommend the lawyer to a loved one?

Once you've found the right attorney, you're ready to hire him and move forward with your Sacramento workers' compensation claim.

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