Did you know that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than three million Americans are injured while working for private businesses every year? If you take into account the numbers for publicly employed people, that statistic jumps substantially.
For many people, getting injured at work doesn’t amount to much. They take a day or two off to rest up before heading right back to work. For many others, however, a workplace injury completely changes their lives. Suddenly, because of that bad back injury, they can no longer do the same work they once did. Some can barely work at all.
In these instances, it’s important that you know that one of your rights as an employee is to have your employer help you with treatment, while making reasonable accommodations to help you keep your job. Failing either of those things, you need to take steps to get what you’re owed, as defined by the employee laws of the United States. One of the best steps to take is tracking down experienced injury lawyers.
Three Tips for Anyone Looking to Hire Accident Injury Attorneys
- Who Does Each Attorney Typically Represent?
- Schedule a Consultation Before Hiring a Lawyer
- Know the Signs of an Ambulance Chaser
As the U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles points out, you need to consider who accident injury attorneys typically represent before hiring them. The last thing you want is a lawyer who almost always goes to work trying to make the case for insurance companies. The better choice is to pick someone with a history of fighting for injury compensation for individual employees.
No employer in their right mind would ever bring on a new employee without first looking at their qualifications and holding an interview, so why would you? As NOLO.com points out, you need to meet with any lawyer you’re considering before you hire them. Tell them your problem, listen to their proposed solutions, and get a feel for what type of person they are. Only then can you make an informed decision.
Have you ever heard the term “ambulance chaser?” An ambulance chaser is a personal injury attorney who watches the news, listens to the police scanner, or reads the newspaper to find out when people get into car accidents. He or she then makes contact with victims, trying to push them into going to court. If this is how you meet your accident injury attorneys, pass on their services immediately. They care about making money, not about your case.
Do you have experience tracking down accident injury attorneys? What advice would you give to others trying to find one to help them with their cases? Sound off in the comments below. More research here.