Saint Paul railroad employee injury attorney William Jungbauer discusses union-recommended attorneys.
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No, you are entitled to select the lawyer that’s best for you and your case. In the past, unions used to recommend lawyers because there weren’t ways for injured workers to check themselves on the internet or other ways the credentials of a lawyer. There have been problems in recent years where high-ranking union officials including presidents of unions have gone to federal prison for accepting bribes from lawyers that are designated by unions. So the mere fact that someone’s designated by a union doesn’t mean that necessarily that they’re the lawyer you want to get. Look at the lawyers credentials that’s what’s most important to you. And also ask, if some union person is saying, “Hey, you need to use this lawyer,” find out if they’re getting any kickback that’s really important to know.