Lawyers in Missouri cannot advertise themselves as being “the best” at any one particular area of the law, including workers compensation claims. However, not all lawyers handle all types of cases. Just like doctors, lawyers tend to focus their energies and attention on specific types of cases. For instance, the BiState Injury Law Center focuses on cases where someone has been hurt at work. When trying to select a lawyer to help with your Missouri Workers Compensation Claim, there are a few questions you should ask.
Questions You Should Ask Your Missouri Work Comp Lawyer
How much does it cost to hire a work comp lawyer to handle a case like mine?
Different types of lawyers charge their clients in a number of ways, but almost every Missouri work comp lawyer works on a contingent fee. This means that you pay nothing unless you win the case. Our fee is 25% of the final lump sum award we recover for you. If you do not win, we do not get paid.
How often will you contact me? What is your communication policy?
One of the most common complaints we hear from clients that are upset with their current work comp lawyer is that their lawyer never calls them or they do not know what is going on with their case. At the BiState Injury Law Center, we believe that the more the client knows, the more empowered the client becomes in their recovery and the stronger the case we can present to the insurance companies and to ALJs. To create this empowerment, we employ an energetic team environment, where our entire office actively works on your case. A number of our team members will contact ever month, in writing and over the phone, and happily arrange face-to-face meetings. More importantly, our lawyers give our personal cell phone numbers to our clients. If you have a question, you need an answer – fast! We do asking that clients schedule specific times to speak with the lawyers so that they are prepared to answer your questions and are focused only on your case. There is never an excuse for not being informed about your case. We want you on on team, and we want to fight for you.
Have you ever handled a work comp claim in Missouri?
It is important to hire a lawyer that has experience in handling workers compensation claims. Once they receive their license, every lawyer can legally handle any type of case in Missouri. However, that does not mean they know the right questions to ask, the proper investigation methods, or how to present a work comp claim to an administrative law judge. The rules and procedures governing the Missouri Workers Compensation system are different from the civil and criminal courts. You need a work comp lawyer that knows the law and the techniques necessary to win your case. The lawyers at the BiState Injury Law Center have handled workers compensation claims across Missouri and have represented injured workers in situations similar to yours.