Filing a workers compensation claim certainly isn’t something that you should do all on your own. In fact, that’s why workers compensation attorneys exist. And after narrowing down your list of potential attorneys to work with, it’s time to schedule your consultation.

A consultation should be looked at not only as an opportunity to get to know your potential lawyer, but also as a form of interview where you can ask questions and make a hiring decision based on the answers you receive. If you want to make sure you’re making the most of this opportunity, here are the questions you need to be asking.

How much experience do you have with workers compensation cases?

Experience is a key factor that you should be considering here. If a workers compensation lawyer doesn’t have the necessary experience to handle a potentially complex case, then you need to take your business elsewhere.

Can you provide me with references from clients or colleagues?

References can be a major player in your decision of whether or not to hire an attorney. If lawyers aren’t willing to give you references from their past clients or from colleagues, it should be a warning sign for you.

Who will be working on my case?

This is an important question to ask, especially if you’re going to a larger law firm. The workers compensation attorneys you’re consulting with may be busy or bogged down with multiple cases and yours may be handed off to someone else. This is important to know in terms of contact information, as well as the amount of experience the other lawyer has.

What are some strengths and weaknesses of my case?

Starting with a quick assessment of your case can be a great jumping-off point for your consultation. Not only will it allow you more insight into your case, it will allow you to see how that particular attorney sees your case working out.

There were approximately 327,060 job-related strains, sprains, and tears in 2013 alone that required legal representation. If you’re injured and need to file a workers compensation claim, it’s important that you ask the right questions during your consultation.