Looking for the best workers compensation lawyer in Montana but have no idea where to start? You’re not alone—your lawyer will have a huge impact on the results of your case, and picking the best one can be stressful.
Today, let’s cover some of the calling cards of a dedicated, successful workers comp lawyer, and how to land the best representation for your case.
Read Reviews and Testimonials
Word-of-mouth is still one of the major ways lawyers get referrals today, but it’s not the only way.
Busy lawyers should have no shortage of happy clients, and happy clients tend to leave shining reviews on their most-frequented review platforms—whether that be Yelp, Google or Avvo.
Both referrals and online reviews are more likely to produce an ace attorney than simply calling the first number you see on a billboard.
Research Lawyers Online
While many successful lawyers will have reviews from past clients on those review sites we talked about earlier, don’t ignore your potential attorney’s own website.
Professional lawyers tend to invest time in making their sites look professional, too. Their website should be packed with knowledgeable content that answers many of your questions before you even pick up the phone, and it may even include more of the testimonials and reviews you’re interested in.
On their site, you should be able to get a good idea of their experience level and history of working with cases like yours—and while a website can never paint the full picture, it should give you a pretty good feel for whether or not the firm in question is legitimate or not.
Go With Your Gut
Eventually, it’ll be time to move your search offline, into the real world with a face-to-face consultation with your prospective attorney. Treat your consultation like a job interview—after all, your attorney can and will make the difference between a settlement that doesn’t cover your expenses and one that does.
During your consultation (which should be free, by the way), ask as many questions as possible. While your attorney probably has a lot of questions to ask you, this isn’t a one-way exchange.
Lawyers who can’t answer basic questions should raise a red flag. Here are a few good questions you might ask during your consultation:
- How long has the lawyer/law firm been practicing workers comp law?
- Can the law firm provide references? Hint: ALL law firms should be able to provide references.
- Will the attorney you’re meeting with be handling your case personally, or will they be handing off the majority of work to paralegals and other assistants?
- How easy will it be to get ahold of your attorney when you have a problem?
- Can your prospective lawyer identify the strong and weak points of your case?
- Does the attorney belong to any professional legal associations?
These questions aren’t comprehensive, but they should give you a solid base to start with in your search for an attorney. The point is that any honest lawyer should be able to answers these questions directly without beating around the bush.
Can Your Attorney Get the Job Done?
How does the attorney make you feel during and after the consultation? If you’re not feeling confident and reassured, keep looking.
Good workers compensation attorneys exhibit authority, patience and understanding, just to name a few qualities you should look for in an attorney (and the rest of their team).
The bottom line is that building and winning a workers compensation case can take a while—you’re going to want a partner who makes you feel at ease and help you cross the finish line.