Serious job injuries are very painful. Not only do you have the physical pain to deal with, you will undoubtedly incur huge financial costs, lost wages and undergo unpleasant medical treatment. Other psychological side effects from the trauma are quite possible as well.
Recovering from painful injuries and financial losses as a result of an on-the-job injury may require the counsel and services of a Colorado workers’ compensation lawyer who is experienced in the type of case you will need to bring.
There are many ways you can locate a Colorado on-the-job injury attorney. Once you have a list of three or four referrals, consult with each regarding your case before hiring one. Of course, we welcome you to start with us at The Babcock Law Firm.
Talking with people you know and trust is a good way to find an attorney. If they have used the services of a Colorado on-the-job injury attorney before, they can give you a first-hand accounting of their experience and whether their attorney got the job done.
Another popular way to locate attorneys that many are turning to is online searches. Many lawyers have their own website and are listed in legal directories. Simply go to a search engine like Google and enter your city/state location with the words “workers’ compensation attorney”, “on-the-job injury attorney”, you get the idea. You can even enter more specific terms such as “Colorado insurance claim attorney” or “Colorado attorney for injured truck drivers”.
And the good old fashioned yellow pages in your local phonebook will have the names of many attorney offices in your community.
If you know any lawyers, they can refer you to one they know specializes in Colorado workers’ compensation cases – remember, not all lawyers are the same. One that specializes in criminal cases will not be much help in Colorado workers’ compensation claim. Attorneys refer business to one another all the time so if you know one lawyer, chances are they know someone who can handle your case.
Contact your local or Colorado bar association. Most associations have a referral service organized by practice area but there is a lot of variety in the quality of these services. Some bar associations only list attorneys with a certain amount of experience while others simply list all lawyers in good standing. Before relying on a particular service, find out the qualifications an attorney must have to be included on their list.
After you have a short list of Colorado workers’ compensation attorneys, it’s time to meet with them one-on-one and see which one will best serve your interest and goals. Most lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation to discuss whether they want to take your case – if they do, scratch them off your list.
Have all documentation related to your case including police reports, hospital/medical records, income loss information and all correspondence with your insurance company for the attorney. Read Help your Lawyer Help You in the Colorado on-the-job injury attorney knowledge center for tips on how to organize legal documentation.
Over the course of the interview, be sure you get clear answers to the following questions regarding their experience.
After you have decided on an attorney and hired them, you’re not done. Be sure there is a written fee agreement that is clear, and keep in touch with them to make sure your case is progressing how it should.
You can learn more about R. Mack Babcock and his Colorado workers’ compensation law firm here. Visit the Colorado on-the-job injury attorney knowledge center to learn more about workers’ compensation law and legal procedures.