Do you have a goal of being the type of lawyer that consistently wins cases and ensures their clients walk away happy and feeling satisfied with the outcome? Do you want to deal primarily with workers compensation claims and lawsuits, helping people to get the compensation they deserve and are owed? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, some basic traits can be very beneficial for you to have. These can help solidify your career future and ensure you’re a successful workers’ comp lawyer. Let’s take a look at some of the standout traits.
You Must be an Excellent Listener
One of the most important traits to have is to be an excellent listener. Potential clients will be coming in to consult with you and will have plenty of questions about workers’ compensation. You need to listen to all their concerns and questions so that you can address them each individually and build that client/lawyer trust that needs to exist. The questions don’t just happen during the initial consultation either, since your clients can have questions throughout the process, so you need to be patient, understanding and hear them out.
Speak In a Clear and Concise Manner
Just as important as listening to your clients is speaking to them. They need to understand what is required of them and what the expected outcomes of their case may be, and they need to comprehend instructions or questions you have of them. As you can tell, communication skills truly are the backbone of any successful workers’ comp lawyer.
The Ability to Show Empathy to Others
Many of the workers’ comp cases you will be working with will have raw emotions tied to them relating to the client. It can be very helpful if you can show empathy and understanding of what they are going through. This can include pain, fear, stress, anxiety, anger and more.
Multi-Tasking Should Come Naturally
As a workers’ comp lawyer, the goal is to be successful, which means being busy with lots of clients at any given moment. This means you need to be able to multi-task, handling various files without missing a beat or feeling overwhelmed. You’ll need to shift gears at a moment’s notice to deal with the pressing matters at hand.
Organizational Skills Should be Top Notch
Finally, there are organization skills. This is something that should also come naturally to you as you need to be able to find case files and information in a hurry. Everything needs to be properly recorded, filed away and simple to locate. If you’re the type whose desk looks like a bomb went off on it, now is the time to address your lack of organizational skills and start making some beneficial changes.
As you can well see from these traits, there is a lot that goes into making you a successful workers’ comp lawyer. Even if you don’t have them all, there is no reason you can’t hone your skills, build upon them and make sure there are no gaps.