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How to Find a Cleveland Workers' Comp Lawyer
People are injured on the job because of an array of work-related hazards. A factory worker could hurt his back loading boxes. An administrator could incur carpal tunnel syndrome because of improper chair positioning and computer height. Someone could even just slip and fall on water that was spilled on the floor. If you’re suffering from a work-related injury, you need to find a Cleveland workers’ comp lawyer. This article will explain how to find one.
Locating Cleveland Workers’ Comp Lawyers
If you’ve never hired a lawyer before, one good source to use is personal recommendations. Ask friends, family members or business associates if they’ve previously retained a Cleveland-area workers' compensation lawyer. People you know can provide valuable feedback on a lawyer and their experience with him.
Another great resource is Attorneys.com. All you have to do is fill out the online form, or call 1-877-913-7222. Answer a few simple questions and we will put you in touch with a Cleveland workers’ comp lawyer. Call the lawyer directly, or the lawyer will contact you within two business days.
Qualities Needed in a Cleveland Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Whether you live in Cleveland, or one of the city’s suburbs such as Bedford, Cleveland Heights or Parma, the attorney you ultimately hire should concentrate his practice on workers’ compensation.
A Cleveland workers’ compensation attorney will be your advocate and help you receive all the benefits and monetary compensation you deserve. A lawyer can devise a good legal strategy for your case. The attorney should know the Cuyahoga County Court System and the major players in this arena. In addition, he should have an upstanding reputation in the legal community.
A worker’ comp lawyer should also charge reasonable rates and make you feel comfortable. You may be working together for awhile.
Meeting with a Cleveland Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
To get to know a lawyer, schedule an initial consultation. This is a meeting between you and the attorney to discuss your case. Generally, initial consultations are free, but confirm this when making the appointment.
Then prepare for the meeting. Write a list of questions to ask the attorney. These questions should focus on the attorney’s experience and billing rates. Questions should also focus on a lawyer’s strategy for handling your case, your legal options, as well as help you determine how the lawyer will manage your case.
Write down relevant contact information to give to the attorney. This includes:
- Your home address, home phone number, cell phone number and email
- Your place of employment (the company’s address and work phone number)
Then gather any important documents relating to your case. These include:
- Medical records
- Pay stubs
- Medical bills
- Eye witness accounts
- Any information from your workers’ compensation insurance carrier
- Your employee handbook
- Work performance evaluations
Next, summarize your case in writing so the lawyer can assess your case better. Include:
- The name and address of your employer
- Your hiring date
- The date of the accident
- The date you stopped working because of your injury
- The date you resumed working
- Your salary before and after the accident, if it was adjusted
- Information about your injury
- A detailed account of the incident, including where the accident occurred, how it happened and the name of the supervisor to whom you reported the incident
- A list of witnesses who saw the incident
- A detailed account of the medical treatment you received. Include dates of treatments and whatever medical treatment you were provided.
Please note a workers’ compensation lawyer may provide you with a form to fill out that details similar information.
Finally, bring writing materials to take notes during your meetings.
Hiring a Workers’ Comp Lawyer
After meeting with a few Cleveland workers’ comp lawyers, sit back and compare the strengths and weaknesses of each of them. Analyze the legal strategies and options. Look at the lawyers’ experience and how they charge for services. Factor in their management style and your comfort level with each lawyer.
If you’re still undecided, ask for a list of references to call. Ask the references about their experiences working with the lawyer. Were they happy with the outcome of their case? Would they hire the lawyer again?
Once you’ve chosen an attorney, hire him and move forward with your case.