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How to Hire a New York Workers' Compensation Attorney

You don't need to be some legal insider to find the best New York workers' compensation attorney for you. You have all you need right in front of you. This article will demystify the search process and set you on your way to getting the New York workers' comp benefits you deserve.

If you've been injured while on the job, it is wise to seek out the counsel of a New York workers' compensation lawyer. But if you've never hired a lawyer, you might not know what to look for. First, pencil out the qualities you want to see in an attorney, such as:

  • Experience: A lawyer who has experience handling New York workers' compensation claims
  • Smart: A lawyer who proposes a strategy that is likely to get you the most benefits possible
  • Realistic: An attorney who recognizes the true value of your New York workers' compensation claim but does not promise the moon
  • Fair: Someone who charges a reasonable fee for his or her legal services
  • Confidence-building: Someone who is worthy of your trust, who gives sound advice and has keen judgment
  • Compatible: Someone you can see yourself working with side-by-side for the many months it often takes to resolve New York workers' compensation claims

Finding a New York Workers' Compensation Attorney

There are several ways to find a workers' compensation attorney in New York.

Ask your friends, family members, and colleagues in the New York area if they have ever hired a workers' comp lawyer. Even if they did not tell you about their workplace injury at the time, they may have indeed used the services of a lawyer. Personal recommendations and feedback are always valuable.

Do you personally know any lawyers, even if they practice in other areas of the law? If so, they may be able to connect you with a New York workers' compensation attorney.

If you'd rather not tell people you know about your on-the-job accident and related injuries or if you just need a few more names to round out your list of potential candidates, offers a service that can connect you with a New York workers' compensation attorney in your area.

When you are ready to begin the process, call 1-877-913-7222 or complete the short form found on this site. After you answer a few questions, we'll send you the name and contact information for at least one New York workers' compensation lawyer near you. You may contact the lawyer directly, or he or she will get back to you within two business days.

Preparing to Meet with a New York Worker's Compensation Attorney

Just because you have the names of some New York workers' compensation lawyers does not mean you are ready to hire one. You'll want to meet and interview the attorneys to see who is right for you. Most New York workers' comp lawyers are willing to talk to you briefly at what are called initial consultations. This brief introductory meeting is often offered free of charge.

Initial consultations serve several important needs. They are an opportunity to learn:

  • Whether an attorney has the New York workers' compensation experience, background, skills, and strategy you need in a lawyer
  • About the strength of your New York workers' compensation claim
  • Whether this is the attorney you want to hire

Prepare a list of questions to ask during the initial consultation. Focus on topics that will make your hiring decision easier. Bring the questions with you, along with some writing materials to record the answers.

Because the initial consultation is also an opportunity for the lawyer to learn more about your workplace injury, make sure you bring with you any injury-related documentation.

Meeting with a New York Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Whether you are in Albany or Yonkers or any other part of New York, make sure your initial consultations touch on the following areas:

    The attorney's background and experience in New York workers' compensation law

  • The attorney's proposed strategy to get you the most New York workers' compensation benefit
  • Whether the attorney believes you can settle your claim with your employer or whether you will need to go to a New York State Workers' Compensation Board administrative hearing
  • How and how much the attorney charges for legal services, and what other expenses you will be expected to pay

If you have any special needs from your lawyer-such as weekend appointments or communication in another language-make them known at the initial consultations.

Feel free to speak openly and honestly about your workplace accident at the initial consultation. New York workers' compensation lawyers are bound by strict confidentiality laws that prevent them from disclosing anything shared at the initial consultations. Even if you end up hiring someone else, each lawyer is required to keep your information confidential.

During the meeting, ask yourself whether the lawyer has the qualities you're looking for in a New York workers' compensation attorney:

  • Does he or she have experience handling New Yorker workers' compensation claims? Is the lawyer familiar with your type of accident or injuries?
  • How confident are you in the lawyer's abilities and proposed strategy to handle your claim?
  • Is the lawyer's estimates for legal fees and expenses reasonable?
  • Does the lawyer make you most comfortable?
    • After wrapping up your initial consultations, it's time to select a lawyer to represent you. If you only interviewed one and you hit it off with him or her-or if you hand one stand-out among the several attorneys you interviewed-then your decision should be obvious.

      If you have several close contenders for the job, talk to some previous clients of theirs to get some first-hand feedback. Their input should help you narrow the field to your very best option in a New York workers' compensation attorney.

      You are now ready to move forward with your claim to get the workers' compensation benefits you deserve.