Let’s be honest. Not every client and lawyer get along. When choosing your lawyer it is important to make sure your personalities and expectations match. Here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Does the lawyer return your phone calls within 24 hours? There really is no excuse for not returning calls. If the lawyer is in court, then the attorney will have to get you a message and call when available.
- Does your lawyer take your input? A Workers’ Compensation case is really a partnership between the attorney and client. This does not mean the lawyer will always agree with you, but you should at least be able to discuss your views and understand why your attorney takes certain approaches and positions in your case.
- Is this more than a business relationship? In other words, it is not just about money. There must be a trust and an ability to work together. If you want a trial instead of settlement, will your lawyer listen to you? A lawyer can never guarantee you will win, but the attorney can give his best effort and follow your direction regarding trial versus settlement.
- Is your lawyer familiar with the Arbitrator who will decide your case, and is the attorney willing to travel to the Arbitrator’s docket? It is very important to know what the arbitrator is looking for in your Workers’ Compensation trial. There are numerous arbitration sites throughout Illinois. If the attorney is not willing to travel to the arbitration site, then the insurance company will not take your case seriously.