What to Look for In a Worker’s Compensation Attorney

Getting injured on the job represents a serious hardship. Not only do you have to suffer the physical pain of your injury, but work-related injuries often also come with emotional, medical, interpersonal, and/or financial struggles as well.

If you’ve had a workplace accident or developed a chronic condition as a result of your job tasks, you deserve financial compensation. A worker’s compensation attorney can help you navigate the often complex and frustrating claims and appeals processes and ensure you get what you’re entitled to.

You deserve someone in your corner. Keep reading to learn what makes a good worker’s comp attorney and how to choose a lawyer who will fight for your interests and win.


What Do Worker’s Compensation Lawyers Do?

In the simplest terms, worker’s comp attorneys help employees who have been injured on the job get the compensation they rightfully and legally deserve. When you’re suffering from physical, emotional, and financial hardship after an injury, it can feel like no one is on your side. Whether you’re in the process of filing a claim, or your claim has been denied and you need qualified help and guidance through the appeals process, we’re here to fight for you.

Your employer, SAIF, and other insurance companies all have lawyers working to protect their interests. Worker’s comp attorneys are there to advocate for the rights of employees. A workplace injury can cause serious financial hardship, especially if your condition impacts your ability to work for a long period of time. A good worker’s comp attorney can make all the difference in getting a claim approved or making a successful appeal.


Types of Worker’s Comp Cases

Worker’s comp lawyers work for employees in all industries and jobs. Whether your injury has occurred due to a machinery accident, a fall at a construction site, lifting a patient in a clinical setting, or from a repetitive movement that’s caused you to develop a chronic wrist or hand condition, you deserve the financial and medical assistance you need.

There are some common workplace injuries that should never be denied. We handle these types of cases and many others, including the tough ones. A good worker’s comp attorney doesn’t back away from a challenge. Our skilled lawyers at Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin, & Ratliff, LLP in Portland, OR are experts at representing workers suffering from all types of injuries, including the following:

  • Spine injuries, herniated discs, radiculopathy, paralysis
  • Shoulder injuries, rotator cuff tears, impingement, tendinitis
  • Concussion and head trauma
  • Knee injuries, meniscus tears, ligament tears
  • Sprains, strains, broken bones
  • Severe burns


How To Pick An Attorney

There are several important things to consider when looking for a worker’s comp attorney. Here are the most important things to look for when choosing a lawyer to fight your case:


Look for worker’s comp attorneys who earned their law degrees from institutions of academic rigor and those with many years of legal experience — especially local experience in your state. If you live in Portland, for example, you should look for Portland-based worker’s comp attorneys who are familiar with state and local law and procedures.


It’s important to find an attorney who’s dedicated to the legal rights and wellbeing of employees. Look for attorneys who specialize in representing injured workers and not employers. You don’t want someone with divided loyalties.

Successful Track Record

You want attorneys representing you who know how to win. Choose a lawyer with years of experience that proves a history of success in worker’s comp cases.

Fair Prices

If you’ve been injured on the job, you’re already dealing with the pain of the injury and financial hardship. Attorney fees should never be excessive, and you shouldn’t be charged any fees unless you win your case. At Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin, & Ratliff, LLP, we only take legal fees after you win.

Compassion & Communication

Suffering a workplace injury and having to fight to get the compensation you deserve can be frustrating and complicated. You need someone you trust on your side. Look for a lawyer who communicates with you clearly and openly from start to finish. They should be personable, friendly, honest, helpful, and really care about you.


Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation & Disability Attorneys Can Help

If you’ve suffered a workplace injury or illness, it’s easy to feel mistreated and alone; however, that should not be the case. The compassionate and experienced attorneys at Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin, & Ratliff, LLP are on your side. We’re here to help and provide the very best knowledge and expertise to fight for you and help you receive the worker’s compensation you deserve.

Whether you’ve suffered a back injury from lifting heavy equipment, slipped because of a hazardous area, or fell because you were using an unsafe lift, you’re entitled to treatment and time off so you can heal and get back your health. Consultations are free and you will not be charged unless you win your case. Get in touch with worker’s compensation attorneys today to tell us about your case.

Adian Martin

Adian Martin (JD) is an accomplished attorney with over 25 years of experience. His goal is to use his legal expertise and passion for problem-solving to help people get the benefits and proper compensation they deserve after an injury. He received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and is currently a partner at Ransom Gilbertson Martin & Ratliff. In his spare time, Adian enjoys exploring the outdoors with his dog and bicycling.

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