Hiring an attorney is a big decision. Your attorney is largely responsible for how your case will play out. You don’t want to pick just anyone. However, if you’ve never hired an attorney before, it may be difficult to know what to look for in a lawyer. You’re going to want someone who’s experienced, and has a history of winning awards and settlements. But how do you know if an attorney is really as experienced as they say?
One way to tell is by looking for a Board Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation. Not just any attorney can become Board Certified. The North Carolina State Bar is the government agency which licenses and monitor attorneys. They only distinguish a very, very small number of attorneys as Board Certified Specialists.
The first requirement is that an attorney must have at least five years experience practicing primarily workers’ compensation law. Once they have that experience under their belt, they can submit an extensive application detailing various cases that they’ve handled.
They must also undergo many hours of continuing education and have their work evaluated by a committee of other attorneys. Finally, once they’ve accomplished all of that, they must take a day-long, written examination, which has been failed by many seasoned attorneys.
At Oxner + Permar we are proud to have a large team of Board Certified Specialists. We understand that a workers’ compensation claim is important to you and your future. We want to make sure that we are as prepared as possible to take on your case.