Questions to ask your workers’ compensation attorney

Mitchell Byrd, Attorney, Carolina Law Group, Greenville, SC
Mitchell K. Byrd, Jr. | Attorney

You need help with a workers’ compensation claim in South Carolina and are looking for an experienced, effective workers’ comp attorney to handle your case. But how do you find the right attorney for you? Below is a list of questions you may want to ask before retaining an attorney on your case. Most law firms offer free, no-obligation consultations, which is the perfect opportunity to ask these questions and gather information before you make a decision.

(Asking questions is just one step; check out our blog on How to Find a Good Workers’ Compensation Attorney for a comprehensive step-by-step process on how to find a workers’ comp lawyer and what to look for.)

5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Workers’ Comp Attorney Before Hiring

How much of your caseload is workers’ compensation?

Work with an attorney who spends a significant amount of their time on workers’ comp cases. It should be one of their primary practice areas.

How many years of experience do you have handling workers’ compensation cases in South Carolina?

Since workers’ comp is a state-run program, it’s important to make sure any attorney you hire has workers’ comp experience in your state. Ideally, they will have substantial xperience under their belt.

Do you have experience with cases like mine? How did they turn out?

Ask about their success rate with cases similar to yours; it’s no guarantee that you’ll get the same result, but it will give you an idea of their track record. Also, this is a chance to find out if they don’t handle cases like yours. For example, some workers’ comp attorneys don’t take on mesothelioma or other specific occupational disease cases, while others don’t want to take on cases where the claim has already been denied by the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission.

What are your fees, and how do they work?

Workers’ compensation cases are almost always done on a contingency basis, meaning your attorney doesn’t get paid unless you get a favorable outcome. In South Carolina, contingency fees of 33.3% are most common.

Who will be my main point of contact, and how much communication can I expect?

Even in smaller law firms, it’s typical to work primarily with a paralegal or other member of support staff in addition to the attorney. However, you should still feel that you can access your attorney if needed. (Poor communication is one of the biggest complaints clients have about working with attorneys, which is why we emphasize communication here at The Carolina Law Group. Not only do we give our clients regular updates, but our attorneys also give them personal cell phone numbers.)

For general questions about workers’ comp in South Carolina, check out our workers’ comp blogs.

Schedule a Consultation with the Workers’ Comp Attorneys at The Carolina Law Group

If you’re looking for help with your workers’ comp claim in South Carolina, come talk to us at The Carolina Law Group. We help people with workers’ comp claims at every stage of the process and are here to advocate for you and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. We focus on the law so you can focus on getting better and getting back to work. Call us at one of the numbers below to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

The Carolina Law Group has four offices in South Carolina for your convenience: Greenville (principal office; call 864.312.4444), Greer (principal office; call 864.757.5555), Spartanburg (principal office; call 864.757.5555), and West Columbia (principal office; call 803.881.1110).

Call us at one of our four offices or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with one of our attorneys. Our business hours are Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:30pm & Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm. Weekend and evening hours by appointment only. Our Greenville, SC law firm offers Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati language translation services for your convenience.


Mitchell Byrd received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College in 2000. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2004, where he served on the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal. He was also an active member of the University of South Carolina Moot Court Bar. Since being sworn into the South Carolina Bar in 2004, Mr. Byrd has focused on litigation, within the criminal justice system as an economics crime prosecutor for the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office and also within the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system.

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