If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation not only for the injury itself but for time lost from work, mental anguish, pain and suffering, prescribed medications for the injury (and/or the pain), and other expenses that can be directly or indirectly related to your accident or injury.
After you’ve been injured there are steps you can (and should) take to make your work injury claim process as easy as possible. The first step is to inform your employer and/or any other responsible party. The second step is to seek medical attention for your injuries. However, if you’re seriously injured the second step becomes the first step, and the responsibility for the first step can be passed on to a witness to the accident or a friend, family member, or co-worker. Whatever you do, don’t delay seeking medical care. Any delay will probably be used by your employer or other involved parties (such as the insurance company for the building you work in) to try to prove that either you weren’t as seriously hurt as you are now claiming, or that you weren’t hurt at all.
Now that you’ve received medical care (and are hopefully well on your way to recovery), it’s time to find a lawyer or law firm to represent you. One of the best ways to do this is to get referrals from other people who’ve needed to use these types of professional services. Most people enjoy talking about themselves and their experiences, so they will be happy to give you referrals (or warn you away from a lawyer or law firm that they weren’t happy with).
Get together a short list of referrals (by short I mean no more than 5-10 names) and do your research. Your research will be rather simple, a phone call or email to the names on the list, and/or a drive by/drop by visit to their offices. The speed in which a phone call is answered or an email acknowledged (if not replied to) can tell you a lot about how well (or not) the firm is doing. The interior and/or exterior appearance of their offices can also speak to this issue, as well as to how much attention they pay to details.