For many injured workers in Minneapolis, the Workers’ Compensation claims process is one more challenge at a time they are limited on resources and may be struggling to deal with significant or even permanent injuries and disabilities.

The good news is that there are specialized Workers’ Compensation lawyers in the city with the ability to represent injured employees across the state. These lawyers are not all the same, so it is important to consult with an attorney before hiring. By asking questions, you can learn about the attorney’s expertise, experience and what you can expect in the process.

How many Workers’ Comp cases have you handled?

Top attorneys that specialize in these types of cases have handled thousands of cases for injured people across the state. They understand the process, and they can effectively evaluate your case. Additionally, these attorneys are also very good at letting you know if you need an attorney, there are some cases that do not require legal services.

Have you represented clients through the hearing process?

The best Workers’ Compensation lawyers always try to work through a settlement process with the insurer. This speeds up the time from the claim to receiving payments, and it can cover current and future medical expenses, loss of wages and other factors.

In the event a settlement is not possible, look for Workers’ Compensation lawyers that have been through the administrative hearing process.

Do I have other legal options?

While most workers’ comp cases prevent any further action against the employer, there may be other parties involved. Your attorney should be able to determine if there is a possibility for other lawsuits against other parties to the accident or injury.

How do you get paid?

Ask the lawyer about payment. Workers’ comp attorneys work on contingency, which means they get a percentage of the settlement or if they win in the hearing process. Always verify you are not required to pay anything in advance, and what costs and fees you may be required to pay throughout the process.