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Finding a disability lawyer online means looking at a lot of lawyer websites. But with so much on your mind already, it's easy to miss little details about your new potential attorney.
Here are five things not to miss when scoping out a prospective disability attorney's website:
1. Awards and Memberships.
Disability attorney and law firm websites have a lot of content, so it may be easy to miss all the accolades, awards, and memberships that a firm can boast. In many cases they're at the bottom of the website and can include:
These distinctions may not speak for themselves, but they may give you a better picture of your future disability attorney.
2. Free (or Low-Cost) Consultation.
You do not want to show up at a lawyer's office and have an awkward conversation about the cost of the first consultation -- especially if you've come prepared to ask the right questions. Don't miss notices of "free consultation" or "free initial consultation" on a disability lawyer's site, and you won't be in for a rude awakening later. (Not sure if your prospective lawyer offers free consultations? It never hurts to ask.)
3. Prior Experience With Similar Cases/Parties.
Your disability claim will involve lots of dealings with your insurer or related underwriters. You don't want to miss attorneys who have dealt specifically with your insurance company. Check your prospective attorneys' websites for cases or lists of insurers with which the firm has experience going up against.
4. Basic Disability Law Resources.
A robust disability attorney's website will have some general legal explanations of common terms and features of disability claims. Don't neglect reading up on ERISA or types of disability insurance if your attorney gives you good summaries.
5. Success Stories.
The circumstances of your claim may make it easy to take an indifferent attitude toward finding a disability attorney. Give yourself a pick-me-up and some insight by not overlooking the success stories and testimonials on a firm or attorney's website. Online review websites can also be helpful, but keep in mind that each person's case is unique and can lead to different outcomes.
So if you're feeling overwhelmed in your search for a disability lawyer, don't lose hope. By not missing anything crucial in your online research, you can hire the right disability attorney to assist with your claim.
To learn more, check out FindLaw's page on Disability Law in our Hiring a Lawyer section.