There is No Best Workers Compensation Lawyer, But There Are Specialists
If you’ve been injured at work, you may be filing a workers’ compensation claim, and there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been searching for best workers compensation lawyer on Google or elsewhere.
The fact is, there is no such thing as the best workers’ compensation lawyer.
Every case is different, and ultimately choosing the right workers’ comp lawyer for you is a personal decision. There are many factors to think about in deciding which lawyer is right for your case.
That being said, you may want to consider a Board Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law. A Board Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation is an attorney that is certified by the North Carolina State Bar to be proficient in the field of workers’ compensation law. Board Certification in workers’ compensation law recognizes special distinction and proficiency.
As the North Carolina State Bar explains:
“Hiring a board certified legal specialist helps to ensure that your lawyer is proficient in the specialty legal field in which you have a legal need. When you are looking for a lawyer, you can use board certification to identify lawyers who are qualified to represent you.”
This doesn’t mean that a Board Certified workers’ compensation specialist is the “best workers compensation lawyer” (there’s no such thing), but it does mean that such a specialist might be right for your workers’ comp case.
What Makes a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist Different?
As of this post’s publishing, there are only 145 Board Certified workers’ compensation specialists in North Carolina.
The process by which a workers’ compensation lawyer becomes a Board Certified Specialist is rigorous.
In order to become a Board Certified Specialist, the lawyer must satisfy a number of demanding requirements, including a 6-hour exam. Before he or she can even take the exam, the lawyer must first prove that he or she has:
- practiced workers’ compensation law for a certain number of years
- devoted a certain amount of time to workers’ compensation law each year
- attended a number of legal education courses or seminars in workers’ compensation law
- been peer-reviewed by other workers’ compensation attorneys
Many workers’ compensation specialist attorneys work for insurance companies, private employers, or the government. However, some of these workers’ compensation specialists dedicate their careers to representing injured workers.
If you’re Googling the “best workers compensation lawyer” …
The reality is there is no such thing as the best workers’ compensation lawyer, and the North Carolina State Bar has actually ruled it is unethical for an attorney to promote him or herself as such.
All workers’ comp cases are different and deciding which attorney is right for you is a personal decision.
That being said, one of the many factors you may want to consider when choosing a workers’ compensation lawyer is whether or not that lawyer is a Board Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law.
Have you been injured on the job?
If you’ve been injured at work or while on the job, you may have a workers’ compensation claim — and you may be entitled to compensation.
The workers’ compensation lawyers at Riddle & Brantley have been representing injured workers across North Carolina for decades. Together our attorneys have over 220+ years of experience practicing law related to workers’ compensation, personal injury, and wrongful death.
Two of our attorneys — Chris Brantley and Adam Smith — are Board Certified Specialists in workers’ compensation law.
We don’t claim to be the best workers’ compensation lawyers (no responsible attorney or law firm can make that claim), but are proud to fight tirelessly for justice for our clients. We stand by our record of settlements and judgments for our clients, and believe the words of our clients speak for themselves:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Riddle & Brantley law firm for their representation in my Workman’s Compensation claim. The great thing about Riddle & Brantley law firm is … it’s a wonderful, family atmosphere.”
-C. Schaeffer, Riddle & Brantley client
You deserve justice, and we would love to help if we can.