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Do Your Homework: Things To Consider When Hiring A Lawyer3 minute read

Hiring a lawyer to handle your injury or disability claim can be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Here are some tips to help you go about making a decision you can be confident about.

  • Look for someone with experience in the area you need. Law is like medicine; it’s complicated, and many lawyers specialize in a specific area of the law so they can develop more expertise in that area.
  • Check the State Bar of Georgia website. Go to www.gabar.org and search for any lawyer by name. All lawyers licensed to practice law in Georgia must be members of the State Bar of Georgia. Click on the lawyer’s name, and you will see the lawyer’s contact information; where she attended law school; how long she’s been admitted to practice; and whether she has any disciplinary history. If there is a disciplinary history on file, click on that to see what the lawyer was disciplined for. You can also call the State Bar of Georgia at 800-334-6865 and ask for information about the lawyer, including disciplinary history.
  • Ask around. Does the lawyer have an established law practice in the community and a reputation in the local community for working hard and communicating with her clients? If people who have hired that lawyer tell you they weren’t able to talk to the lawyer when they asked to, that should be a red flag. Certainly there are times your lawyer isn’t going to be able to talk to you right when you call, but she should return client calls and be available to talk to you in person, if necessary. If folks tell you they had to go get all their medical records and bills and do all the footwork on their case, that should cause you concern as well. In my opinion, that’s part of the work the lawyer’s office should do.
  • Thoroughly review the lawyer’s website. Learn what you can about the lawyer, her firm, her staff and her experience.
    Ask the lawyer’s office if, when you come in to hire the lawyer, you will meet with the lawyer. I expect to sit across the desk from a client who wants to hire me in a personal injury claim and get to know him and him know me. In fact, we spend 3-4 hours with clients when they come in to hire us. Be wary of anyone who will meet you at a doctor’s office to have you sign a contract or even who has you come to their office to sign a contract but will not spend time with you learning about your case and answering your questions. If they won’t meet with you when you hire them, what kind of service can you expect after they have your case?
  • Ask the lawyer if she and her office will be doing the work on the case or if they will be having another firm involved. If another firm will be involved, you need to know about them as well, because you are in effect hiring them too.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is probably the first time you have ever had to deal with this sort of situation and you probably have a lot of questions. You are entitled to get an answer to any question you have before you hire a lawyer. I’ve had people ask me some things I never imagined might be important to a person hiring a lawyer, but I answered the questions since they were obviously important to the person asking them. You are entitled to that.

Lawyer advertising may be a good place to start your search for the right lawyer. But it should never be the sole basis for your decision. Your injury or disability claim is too important.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

To be notified of Jason’s new workers compensation videos, subscribe to his Georgia Workers Compensation Video Series channel on YouTube by clicking the subscribe button below.

Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
moombimoombi
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.
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