What to Look for in a Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Portland, OR

Written by Adian Martin on . Posted in Posts: Workers' Compensation

If you have been injured at work, you might not have any idea how to find a good workers’ compensation attorney. Not every lawyer will treat your case the same, and it’s important to find the right one. Here are a few tips to guide you in your search:

Personality

One important thing to look for in an attorney is personality.  You should feel comfortable speaking with your lawyer.  Your lawyer should treat you with the respect you deserve. But, your lawyer should also not sugar coat your case, and hide the truth from you.   You want the facts, and you want to know if your case is a good one or not.  

Don’t feel like you need to hire the first lawyer you meet.  Many lawyers will try to tell you how much they think your case is worth, or what they can get you even before they have read all the records.  Don’t be fooled by smooth talking.  

Get an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Sitting down and Googling for a local workers’ compensation attorney might be overwhelming.  You might not know any of them by name or reputation.  If this is the case, you might ask coworkers, family or friends for their recommendations.

But, this may not tell you all you would like to know.  Oregon Workers’ Compensation laws are complicated, and you should look for an experienced lawyer.   Why does experience matter?  Well, since the law is complicated there are simply lots of rookie errors.  Many injured workers call me after a mistake has been made in their case. Sometimes these can be fixed.

The 4 lawyers at Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin and Ratlfiff have a combined 60 years of Oregon Workers’ Compensation experience.   

Red Flags

Not every lawyer is created equal. Here are a few red flags to watch out for when you’re looking for representation:

  • They never worked your kind of case before.
  • They do not tell you what you need to know.
  • They do not answer your questions.
  • All they want to talk about is settlement, and you just want to get better.
  • They do not get you the benefits you need.
  • The staff is not organized, unfriendly, or appears to have a poor relationship with the attorney.
  • They bill you for every little thing.

Positive Signs

Here are a few positive signs to look for:

  • They treat you with respect and courtesy, but don’t sugar coat bad news.
  • The  staff is competent and friendly.
  • There are no hidden expenses.
  • You feel comfortable and safe leaving your case in their experienced hands.

If you have any further questions about finding a good lawyer or want to set up a free consultation with Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin & Ratliff, give us a call at 1-800-371-3664 or 503-226-3664.