The workers compensation attorney “Near Me” may not be your best option.
A local workers compensation attorney in Baltimore, Frederick, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Bowie, Towson, Parkville, Cockeysville, Essex, Dundalk, Cambridge, Easton, Frederick, Hagerstown, Glen Burnie, Severna Park, La Plata, or Waldorf may not be your best option.
While it is instinctive to first search for any service “near me” there likely are better options further away. Selecting an attorney is a process that should not be made without some research. The convenience factor of having an attorney close by does not outweigh representation by an experienced and qualified workers compensation attorney. Further with the advancement of technology comes the ability for a qualified attorney to represent injured workers almost entirely by email, fax, and telephone.
If the most important quality in legal representation is having the ability to walk into an office and meet face to face than perhaps an attorney nearby is best, however giving up this option for skill, diligence, and zeal is probably the better option.
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Pick the right one and not just the Workers Compensation Attorney and not the one provided by google after a “Near Me” search.
If you have been injured while on the job and need a Maryland workers compensation lawyer, or if you simply need an attorney for a legal matter it is important to pick the right person for representation. There are many qualified attorneys who can often get you similar results in your workers compensation case, however there are also some that are better than others. Consultations are always free so the injured worker can screen multiple Maryland workers comp attorneys rather than choosing the first one they speak with who is “near me.” Do not just take your friend, co-worker, or union reps word for who is a good Maryland workers compensation attorney.
The “Near Me” workers comp attorney or the workers comp attorney on the other side of the state
While it may be convenient to use the local workers comp attorney that may not always be a good match. Most cases, and especially Maryland workers comp cases, can be handled over the phone or through mail. The injured employee should not be reluctant to contact an attorney that is a good distance away from them just to avoid the traveling. Also, any court appearances or workers comp hearing locations will be based on the injured workers residence so the attorney will have to travel to the injured employee for any formal proceedings. All legal proceedings will be located near the employee.
Think about the qualities you want in your Maryland Workers Comp attorney. Will the one near you the best fit?
Most people would not go to a car dealership and spend $15,000 or more without doing some research and preparations. So a workers compensation claimant/injured worker should not rely onany workers comp attorney near them to maximize the benefits they receive under Maryland laws. The difference between a good Maryland workers compensation attorney and a not so good attorney near you could easily mean the difference of $15,000 or more.
The first and very logical step in deciding to hire a workmans comp attorney in Maryland is to think about what qualities you would want in your lawyer. If the a “workers compensation attorney near me” is all that matters than carry on your way. The nearest attorney may in fact be the perfect fit and may very well get the best recovery, however ensure from the beginning that he or she has the qualities you want in your lawyer. For instance communication is often a concern among claimants. The workers comp process can be confusing and it is justifiable to want some explanation along the way so that you can better understand where you are in the case. A compassionate compensation attorney is going to be more charged up about your case and will naturally have the desire to fight for your benefits. The compassion will show during that initial interview with the attorney and if doesn’t seem to show then question the attorney about some cases he or she has handled that really got them fired up. This can easily be answered by any attorney who has compassion.
Consider whether you want an attorney that handles a great variety of case types or if you want an attorney that focuses on one or two areas of law. I have found that often the local, near by attorney practices in various areas of law. While there are a good number of attorneys that practice in many areas of law it is often a good idea to retain an attorney who focuses in only a few areas of law especially when considering a Maryland workers compensation attorney. The reason is that the laws are constantly changing and an attorney practicing in a many areas of law may not have the time to keep up with the changes in law and apply them to his or her practice. Maryland workers comp laws are particularly intricate and change considerably over time. It is often a good idea for an injured worker to retain the services of a Maryland workers compensation attorney that practices solely in workman’s comp and personal injury rather than the attorney “near me.”
Does the workers compensation attorney near you have the temperament you want?
It is a good idea to consider the temperament of the attorney you are interviewing and considering to retain. A common misconception is to obtain a Maryland workman’s compensation attorney that will fight their a#* off and make the other side pay for it! Indeed it is a good idea to have a lawyer that will fight very hard for you, but this must be accompanied with the ability to use reasoning and rationale to obtain all the benefits to which you are entitled. The fighting attorney will get you benefits but he may also create unnecessary hurdles the reasonable attorney can avoid. These hurdles can cause set backs which could prolong your case, The a#* kicking workers compensation attorney is often met with much more defiance and reluctance than the reasonable attorney. The a*^kicking workers compensation attorney is unable to get out of his own way at times. This can be detrimental to your Maryland workers comp case. As a prior workers comp defense attorney I often fought very hard against the a#* kicking attorney’s while providing the pleasant attorneys more concessions. The best practice is to find a Maryland workers comp attorney that will obtain all the benefits for the injured worker by whatever means necessary; this can be through an a#* kicking Maryland Comp attorney but could be through pleasant dealings and reasonable conversations. Find a Maryland workers compensation attorney that can do both and dont just go for the workmans comp lawyer near you!
Prepare to ask questions regardless of whether you discussion is with the workers compensation attorney near you or over the phone with an attorney.
The ability to ask questions throughout the workers compensation process is very important to many injured workers. Retaining a workers comp lawyer that can be contacted regularly is sometimes not an easy task. Make sure to ask the lawyer you are thinking of hiring if they have support staff to help with questions, how much support staff they have, and how often the attorney is available for questions. Are they a 9 to 5 attorney or are they willing to talk on the weekend and evenings as well?
It is usually a bit more comforting to be able to speak with your attorney regularly rather than dealing with staff the entire time. Perhaps having a workers compensation attorney “near me” can provide this accommodation.
If you are an injured worker in Maryland you probably should know a little about the workers comp attorney’s background to see if they can in some way relate to your situation. The workers compensation process can be financially burdening and it is important to have an attorney that truly understands what you are going through and how it is affecting you physically but also financially. Some attorneys are numb to the concept of living pay check to pay check while other Baltimore workmans comp attorneys have actually been in that scenario. Those are the attorneys that will understand your situation.
Does the Workers Compensation attorney “near me” have general legal experience or workers comp experience?
The legal experience of your Maryland workers compensation attorney is important. 30 years of practice experience is commendable but if all those years are in estate law or criminal and you need a Maryland workers comp lawyer than he or she may not be a good fit. 30 years of experience may not compare to a newer attorney who has practiced in only one or two areas of law for 5 years.
For instance, the 30 year attorney near you may practice in ten areas of law handling ten cases a year in each area, total 100 cases a year. One area being workers comp. That would be 10 workers comp cases every year for 30 years. Equaling 300 cases in his lifetime. The 5 year attorney only practicing workers comp handles 100 workers comp cases a year. In 5 years he has handled 500 workers comp cases, every day handling workers comp issues and dealing with the typical parties involved in a workers comp claim. Is the attorney with 30 years of experience near you truly more experienced if he or she has handled less workers comp cases spread over a longer period? Do not just settle for the “workers compensation attorney near me” that google search provides. Do your research and get the right attorney!
There are a lot of workers compensation attorneys in Maryland, there are even less experienced workers compensation attorneys in Maryland!