Many applicants for worker’s compensation in the Capital District fail. This could be because of an incomplete medical record or because of contradicting statements, no matter how innocent (for example, forgetting about a pre-existing condition when you first visit the doctor about your injury). The employer may successfully argue that the injury was sustained outside of the scope of job duties.

In short, there are many reasons that a worker’s compensation application might not be successful. Having an attorney on board often increases the odds of success. Even better, many firms offer free initial consultations so you do not have to shell out $100 or $200 apiece for each attorney you meet with.

Get a feel for your case

Free initial consultations help you get a feel for your case. Say that you meet with four attorneys at four firms. Each seems to agree that you were acting outside the scope of your job duties and you likely do not qualify for worker’s compensation. Their advice saves you considerable time and financial pain, and they may even be able to direct you to more productive avenues.

Often, though, there is a case. Attorneys may be able to give you an idea of how straightforward it is and of any possible complications.

Get a feel for who you would like to work with

Attorneys differ as to work style, communication style and level of expertise. One attorney may have lots of connections and experience in worker’s compensation. Another may be new to the district, but you really like his or her personal style. Meeting with at least three attorneys gives you an idea of what it is you want. Maybe you want a lot of attention, and in such a case, you would be okay with a new attorney who does not have many clients. Or maybe you prefer someone who is deeply experienced, even if that means some of your communications go through paralegals sometimes or that calls are returned a day later instead of immediately. Perhaps you want an attorney who can explain terms such as permanency guidelines in simple language rather than in jargon.

Free initial consultations help you get a handle on all of that. To make the best use of your time, bring all supporting documents to your meeting or phone call, and be honest when answering questions and discussing your case.