What to Ask Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney


Workers’ compensation laws can be confusing, so when you meet with your Iowa workers compensation attorney, you should not only ask about the attorney’s experience, but also your claim and the case and communication process.

Experience and Practice

Because workers’ compensation claims may only be part of an attorney’s practice, you should ask how much of their practice involves these types of claims. You also want to understand the length and depth of their experience in this area.

Also, ask your potential lawyers if they are certified in workers’ compensation. You want a lawyer who is not only knowledgeable, but someone has at least five years of experience fighting for injured workers, not insurance companies.

Claim Details

During your initial meeting, your attorney will evaluate your case. Ask about your case’s strengths and weaknesses. Your lawyer should openly share their opinions about your case. Your victory is not guaranteed, but an experienced lawyer will have a good idea about how well your case should do. Avoid lawyers who are unrealistically optimistic or tell you what you want to hear.

Case Process and Cost

Ask about how the case process and time frame. In addition, although most cases are paid by contingency fees, where the lawyer receives part of your award or settlement, other fees, such as witness and records fees, may be paid in advance or deducted from the award.

Communication and Support

Ask about your attorney’s preferred communication method and how much communication you should expect from your legal team. For example, will you receive periodic updates or will you only receive communication at key points during the case? In addition, will you need to go into the office for multiple meetings?

You may not always be communicating with your lawyer directly, so request the names and contact information of anyone working on your case, such as paralegals and case managers. Also, ask your attorney about the support staff’s experience and training.

You want a legal team that has the best chance of winning your case, so don’t be afraid to ask your attorney questions.