How can I find the best work comp Lawyer in Wisconsin?

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First of all, it’s important to remember that the best lawyer for you may not be the best lawyer for someone else. Choosing a lawyer after suffering a work-related injury is a very personal thing; you need someone who can provide you with peace of mind during your recovery and give you the best chance of obtaining the full benefits you are entitled to for you medical expenses and lost wages.

There is no substitute for workers’ compensation experience; it is imperative that any lawyer you choose be a lawyer who focuses specifically on workers’ compensation and injury cases. They will be able to determine the best course of action and provide you with an honest assessment of your options and the likelihood of a successful outcome. A truly good workers’ compensation attorney will be honest and tell you “you don’t really need us” or let you know when it will be to your advantage to hire them for your claim.

What You Can Expect From The Right Work Comp Lawyer

The right lawyer for you will:

  • Understand how other areas of the law interact with workers’ compensation. For example, your work comp benefits can be reduced due to your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. There is a formula to determine what the offset will be. An experienced work comp lawyer will take this into account when pursuing your workers’ compensation claim.
  • Understand subrogation interests. There’s a statutory formula for what needs to go back to a third party — if a person drives a vehicle for work, they’d have a work comp claim because they were on the job and a third-party personal injury claim against the other driver. Workers’ compensation insurance providers have a right to be paid back from a portion of the personal injury settlement or verdict. Your attorney needs to be familiar with the formula to ensure you are properly compensated when all is said and done.
  • Know the most strategic filing times. If you have multiple claims — work comp, personal injury, bankruptcy, etc. — you will rely on your lawyer to be strategic in filing them so you can maximize your benefits. For example, some group health plans won’t pay for medical expenses if there is a pending workers’ compensation claim. Your attorney can take this into account when filing and/or work with your health care provider to create a minimum repayment plan or provide a letter of protection to keep you out of collections.

Other Factors To Consider In Your Attorney Search

Online reviews are a great place to start. What are past clients saying about them? Do any of the reviews speak to issues of importance to you?

Be sure to confirm the location of their offices. Are they actually local attorneys or do they simply maintain an online presence in your community? The answer matters, as you need a local work comp attorney who is familiar with the laws, procedures and peculiarities of your area.

Check to see if an attorney has received any awards from colleagues or other organizations for legal excellence. On the flip side, don’t make their problems your problems; make sure they have not been disciplined.

Ultimately, it’s your case and your choice. Make sure you have the info you need to choose confidently.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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