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Choosing Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Wilson & McQueen, PLLC March 27, 2024

Suffering a workplace injury can be a life-altering experience, not just physically but also financially and emotionally. In these challenging times, having a competent workers' compensation attorney can make all the difference in your recovery process. However, with so many attorneys out there claiming to be the best, how do you make the right choice? You deserve to know the critical factors to consider when selecting an attorney who can best represent your interests and help you secure the compensation you deserve. 

Can I Represent Myself in a Workers’ Compensation Claim? 

The short answer is yes, you can represent yourself in a workers' compensation claim. However, just because you can, doesn't mean it's always the best course of action. While it's true that some claims are straightforward and can be handled without legal representation, the reality is that many aren't. The laws surrounding workers' compensation can be difficult to understand and follow without the proper experience or knowledge. 

Times You Don’t Need a Lawyer 

There are certain situations where you might not need a lawyer for your workers' compensation claim. For instance, if your injury is minor, you didn't miss work, your employer admits the injury happened at work, or you don't have a pre-existing condition, then you might be able to handle the claim on your own. However, even in these cases, it's beneficial to consult with an attorney to make sure you're not missing out on any benefits you're entitled to. 

Times You Do Need a Lawyer 

If your claim is denied, your benefits don’t cover your medical bills or lost wages, your medical issues prevent you from returning to your previous job, or you're receiving other government benefits, you should definitely consider hiring an attorney. At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, we have over 90 years of combined experience advocating for injured and disabled people in Kentucky. We're committed to helping you reach your goals and keeping you informed at every stage of your case. 

Why Having a Lawyer Is Important  

Having a lawyer is important because they can help you understand your rights, guide you through the process, and advocate for you. They can also negotiate on your behalf and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of benefits you're entitled to. Furthermore, having a lawyer can take the stress off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on your recovery. 

Negotiation Skills 

One of the key advantages of hiring a lawyer is their negotiation skills. Insurance companies have experienced attorneys on their side, and you should too. We at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, have a strong record of results statewide, and we're prepared to fight for you. 

Research Skills 

A good lawyer will have excellent research skills. They can uncover evidence that supports your claim, such as medical records, witness statements, and safety reports. Our legal team is committed to thoroughly investigating your case and gathering all the necessary evidence. 


Hiring an attorney means having someone on your side who is up to date with current workers’ compensation laws in Kentucky. This knowledge is central to ensuring that your rights are protected and you receive the benefits you deserve. 

Qualities to Look for in an Attorney 

When choosing a workers' compensation attorney, look for someone who is experienced, can get evidence, is up-to-date with current workers' compensation laws in Kentucky, and can take immediate, decisive action. Some additional qualities include: 

  • Experience: Look for an attorney who has a proven track record in handling workers' compensation claims successfully. 

  • Communication: Choose a lawyer who is communicative and keeps you informed at every stage of the process. 

  • Empathy: It's important that your attorney understands the emotional and physical challenges you're facing and treats you with compassion. 

  • Resourcefulness: Your lawyer should have the ability to resourcefully gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf. 

  • Availability: Ensure that your attorney is accessible and willing to answer your questions whenever you need clarity or reassurance. 

  • Reputation: Consider an attorney's reputation within the legal community and among past clients to gauge their reliability and effectiveness. 

  • Negotiation Skills: Since much of workers' compensation involves negotiating with insurance companies, having a lawyer who is a skilled negotiator is invaluable. 

  • Legal Knowledge: Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of workers' compensation laws and how they apply to your case. 

  • Ethics: Choose a lawyer who conducts themselves ethically and prioritizes your best interests over their own gain. 

At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, we meet all these criteria and more. We're passionate about justice and dedicated to providing personalized service to each of our clients. Remember, the attorney you meet with on your initial visit will work with you personally throughout your case; we will never pass your case off to a different attorney or to a paralegal. 

Make Informed Choices With Our Help 

Choosing the right workers' compensation attorney can make all the difference in your case. Don't hesitate to reach out to us at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, for a consultation. We're here to help you understand the ins and outs of workers' compensation and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our attorneys in Lexington, Kentucky, to schedule a free consultation and get started on your case.