Legal Articles
Boat & Boating Accidents
Get Started Finding a Local Attorney Now

Simply fill out this form to connect with an Attorney serving your area.

How to Find a Georgia Boat Accident Attorney

If you've been seriously injured in a boating accident that was someone else's fault, an attorney can help you collect the compensation to which you are entitled. If you've never before used a lawyer, you may not know how to find a Georgia boat accident attorney. This article will guide you through the process.

Gather Names of Georgia Boat Accident Attorneys in Your Area

Your first step should be to collect the names of attorneys who are qualified to represent you in a Georgia boat accident lawsuit. There are several ways to do this.

If you have friends or family members who have previously hired boat accident lawyers in Georgia, ask if they would recommend their lawyer. A recommendation from someone who has previously worked with an attorney can be valuable.

Similarly, if you know any local attorneys who practice other types of law, ask them if they can refer you to a Georgia boat accident attorney or a maritime lawyer. They may be able to put you in a touch with a lawyer they know personally.

If you're unable to gather any personal recommendations or if you're looking for the names of additional attorneys, you've come to the right website. Attorneys.com offers a service that can connect you with Georgia boating accident attorneys in your area.

Call us at 1-877-913-7222 or complete the short form on this site to begin the process. We'll ask you a few questions, and then we will put you in touch with at least one Georgia boat accident attorney. You can contact the lawyer yourself, or the lawyer will follow up with you within two business days.

Prepare to Meet with a Georgia Boat Accident Attorney

Before you hire an attorney, it's important to interview that lawyer to ensure he or she is the right personal to handle your case. Most personal injury lawyers offer potential clients a free initial consultation. This meeting serves several purposes:

  • To interview the lawyer about his or her qualifications representing boat accident victims and negotiating Georgia boat accident settlements
  • To familiarize the lawyer with the specifics of your case
  • To decide whether to hire the lawyer to handle your case

There are a few things you can do to prepare for each initial consultation. Make a list of questions you'd like to ask the lawyer, and make some written notes detailing your accident.

When you interview each lawyer, focus on topics that help you determine whether the lawyer is appropriate for your case. Topics to discuss include:

  • The attorney's background and professional experience
  • The attorney's assessment of your case and suggested strategy for handling it
  • The attorney's estimate of how much money your case is worth
  • How the attorney charges for his or her time, and an estimate of the total cost of handling your boating accident case, including fees and expenses

Make a written list of the questions you'd like to ask, so you don't forget them during your meeting.

You will also want to make some written notes about your boating accident. Where and when did it occur? What happened? Who else was present? What injuries did you suffer? If you have any documents pertaining to your accident, such as medical bills or letters from the insurance company, bring those to the meeting as well.

During & After Each Meeting

Remember to bring your questions, notes, and accident-related documents to each initial consultation you schedule with Georgia boat accident lawyers. You should also bring writing materials, so you can take notes during or immediately following the meeting.

Attorneys are bound by confidentiality laws, so you should feel comfortable sharing personal details of your accident and associated injuries. Your discussion will remain confidential even if you decide to hire a different attorney.

During and after each meeting, you want to think about how well each attorney meets the following criteria:

  • Has the skills and experience to handle your Georgia boating accident case
  • Recommends a case-management strategy that you agree with
  • Offers a realistic estimate of your case's value
  • Proposes a fair legal fee
  • Shows good judgment and is someone you'd feel comfortable trusting

After you've met each attorney you're considering for your case, it's time to decide which one to hire. You want to find a lawyer who has both the necessary expertise and experience, but also shows good judgment and is someone you'd be happy to work with for months or a year. Once you've found that lawyer, you're ready to move forward with your case.

NOLODRUPAL-web1:DRU1.6.12.2.20161011.41205