How to Hire a Portland Workers' Compensation Lawyer
If you’re having trouble collecting benefits from your Oregon employer after an on-the-job accident has left you injured, it’s time to talk to a Portland workers’ compensation lawyer. This article will explain how to find one.
To find the very best attorney for you, it’s helpful to first consider the qualities your ideal Portland workers’ compensation attorney would have. You probably want a lawyer who has:
- A deep understanding of workers’ compensation law in Portland, Oregon
- Represented other Portland clients with workplace accidents and injuries similar to your own
- Good advice
- Patience with your questions and a personable demeanor
Keep these traits in mind as you carry out the rest of your attorney search.
Gathering Names of Portland Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Tracking down the names of some Portland workers’ compensation lawyers is not difficult. Ask your friends, neighbors and family members if they know any workers’ comp lawyers or, even better, if they have hired a Portland work comp attorney.
If they have collected workers’ compensation benefits with the help of an attorney, you’ll want to know what the experience was like. Did their attorneys work hard for them? Were they happy with the results? Could they wholeheartedly recommend their lawyers to you?
If your friends don’t have any suggestions for you or you’d rather not discuss your recent injuries with people you know, you have another resource in Attorneys.com. We offer a service that can connect you with a Portland workers’ compensation lawyer near you.
Simply give us a call at 1-877-913-7222, or fill out the brief form on this website. We’ll have a couple of questions for you. Then, whether you are in Burlingame or King or any other part of the city, we’ll forward the name and contact information for at least one workers’ comp lawyer near you.
You may call the lawyers directly, or they will get back to you within two business days.
Preparing to Meet a Portland Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Now that you have the name of a Portland workers’ compensation attorney or two, it’s time to make appointments to meet them. Most workers’ compensation lawyers in Portland are willing to sit down with you for a no-cost, no-obligation meeting called an initial consultation. This is where you can see how the lawyers measure up to the qualities you’ve identified as most important to you.
You’ll get much better feedback about your chances of collecting benefits from your Portland employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy if you bring with you several documents, including:
- Any communication you have had with your employer regarding your accident and/or injuries
- Medical reports from your doctor
- Medical bills
- Photographs of your injuries
After collecting those documents, it’s time to think of some questions you liked to ask the attorney you meet. Write them down and pack them with the other documents. You don’t want to forget to ask anything.
Also bring along some extra writing material. You don’t want to forget the answers.
Meeting Portland, Oregon, Workers’ Comp Attorneys
Show up to your initial consultations on time, even early. Be prepared to answer many questions about the particulars of your on-the-job accident.
In answering the questions, do not withhold any information. It is to your benefit that your future lawyer understands everything there is to know about your accident. Even before you hire someone, with all attorneys you meet at initial consultations, you enter into what is called attorney-client privilege. This means the attorneys will not repeat anything you say even if you decide to hire someone else.
If you have any special requirements of an attorney, make them known at your initial consultations. For example, maybe you need weekend appointments or communication in another language. Find out right away if the Portland workers’ comp lawyers you meet can accommodate your requests.
Selecting a Portland Workers’ Compensation Attorney
After you have met with every Portland workers’ compensation attorney on your list, it’s time to select one to represent you. Think back to your list of ideal qualities. Ask yourself:
- Which attorney had the best experience and knowledge of the law?
- Whose advice did you like best?
- Which seemed the most trustworthy?
If you’re still having trouble choosing, ask your top contenders for the names and contact information for a few former clients. Call them and find out what it was really like working with those attorneys.
This real-world feedback should help you home in on your best choice in a Portland workers’ compensation lawyer for you. Once you have hired your lawyer, you are ready to move forward with your workers’ comp claim and seek the benefits you deserve.