Hiring a Lawyer for a Long Beach Workers Comp Case
Under ideal circumstances, if you have been injured or made ill at work, your application for Workers Compensation benefits should be automatically approved without the need for legal action. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.
Many injured workers in Long Beach, Los Angeles & Orange County are disappointed to learn that their employers do not always do the right thing – and wrongfully deny a valid Workers Comp claim. And, even if the employer acts fairly, their insurance company responsible who is for paying the claim may try to deny it, to save money.
Statistics show that Workers Comp claimants who have been initially denied, are much more likely to be approved for benefits if are represented by a lawyer.
If you hire a lawyer for your Long Beach Workers Comp case, here are some things to keep in mind to help you select the right attorney.
What to Look for in a Long Beach Workers Comp Lawyer
Find a Long Beach Workers Comp Lawyer Who Gives Free Consultations, Listens Carefully and Answers Questions
A good Workers Comp lawyer should never charge you for your initial consultation. He or she should listen carefully as you describe your illness or injury – and take the time to thoroughly answer your questions about the Workers Comp process in general and your case in particular.
Our lawyers offer a generous free consultation in any Workers Comp case. We genuinely care about our disabled clients and we promise to take the time to listen to your concerns and to answer your questions – during the initial consultation and during every step of your case.
Find a Long Beach Workers Comp Lawyer Who Only Collects a Fee if You Win
Workers Comp Disability lawyers’ fees are set in your case by the Judge. In California, the Workers’ Compensation judge will authorize a fee of 10%, 12%, or 15% – depending upon the complexity of the case.
Make sure your lawyer only charges you these Workers Comp lawyer’s fees which are allowed by law.
Find a Long Beach Workers Comp Lawyer Who Only Handles Disability Cases
Many lawyers consider themselves “jack of all trades” – and will attempt to handle any and every type of case that comes through their door. We believe that a good Workers Compensation law firm will only handle disability-related cases – and not divorce, traffic tickets or anything else.
Obviously, a law firm that specializes in only one type of law can keep on top of the latest laws, changes, procedures, etc. far better than someone who is not “specialized”.
Additionally, Workers Comp cases are not held in the regular District or Circuit Courts where other cases are heard. Workers Comp cases are handled at the “Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board” in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
Because our lawyers are in front of these ALJs on a weekly basis – we know the system (and the judges) inside and out – which helps us get better results for you.
Questions to Ask a Long Beach Workers Comp Lawyer:
What Awards or Professional Memberships does the Lawyer Have?
A good Workers Comp law firm will belong to organizations that help them keep abreast of the latest trends and changes in Workers Compensation law.
The Workers Comp lawyers at the Long Beach law firm of Cantrell Green belong to these legal organizations:
• California Applicant Attorneys Association
• Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group
• Long Beach Bar Association – Workers Compensation Section
• State Bar of California – Workers Compensation Section
• Harbor Area Applicants’ Attorneys
• Super Lawyers from 2004 – 2015!
How Many Years of Experience Does the Law Firm Have in Workers Comp Cases?
The Long Beach Workers Compensation law firm of Cantrell Green was founded in 1971. We have handled only disability cases for over 4 decades and our skilled lawyers have collected over 100 million dollars in compensation for our clients.
What Percentage of the Lawyers’ Practice is Disability Law?
The Workers Comp lawyers at the Long Beach law firm of Cantrell Green handle only disability cases. We firmly believe that a good disability law firm will only handle disability cases –including Workers Comp – and not family law, traffic tickets, or anything else.