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How to Hire a New York Boat Accident Attorney

If you've been injured in a New York boating accident that was someone else's fault, you'll want to consider hiring a New York boat accident attorney. An attorney can help protect your interests, negotiate with the party at fault, and represent you in court, if necessary.

Identify Attorneys to Handle Your Case

Start the process of hiring an attorney by identifying lawyers who are qualified to handle your case. Personal recommendations can be invaluable, so if you know someone who's previously worked with a New York boat accident attorney, ask if they'd recommend their lawyer. You can also reach out to New York lawyers you know to see if they know anyone with experience representing New York boating accident victims.

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

To begin, simply fill out the form on this site or call us at 1-877-913-7222. We'll ask you a few questions, then connect you with a New York boat accident attorney in your area. The lawyer will call you within two business days, or you can contact the lawyer at your convenience.

Preparing to Meet a New York Boat Accident Attorney

Most personal injury lawyers, including attorneys who represent boat accident victims, will offer potential clients a free initial consultation. You should use this meeting to:

  • Interview the lawyer about his or her skills and experience
  • Tell the lawyer about the details of your boating accident
  • Decide whether the lawyer is qualified to handle your case

You should take some time to prepare for each initial consultation, making notes about both the questions you'd like to ask the lawyer, as well as the specifics of your boating accident.

When preparing a list of questions to ask the attorney, you'll want to focus on questions that help you decide whether he or she is suitable to handle your case. Topics to discuss include:

  • The lawyer's educational background and professional expertise
  • The lawyer's experience handling New York boat accident lawsuits as well as lawsuits under federal maritime and admiralty law
  • The lawyer's estimate of the amount you could receive in a New York boat accident settlement
  • The lawyer's assessment of your case
  • How the lawyer charges for his or her time, and an estimate of the total legal fees and expenses you'd pay

You should also make notes about the details of your case. This will ensure that you don't accidently forget any important information during your initial consultation. Details to discuss include:

  • Where the accident occurred
  • When the accident occurred
  • Who else was present
  • What happened to cause the accident
  • What injuries you sustained
  • What other accident-related expenses you have incurred

Bring a written list of questions and accident details to your initial consultation. You should also bring some writing material, so you can take notes, which may come in handy if you're ultimately choosing between several attorneys.

Also, know that anything you tell an attorney will remain confidential even if you ultimately decide to hire a different New York boat accident attorney.

During & After the Meeting

While meeting with the attorney, you want to evaluate whether he or she is the right person to handle your case. Among the criteria you should be looking for:

  • The attorney is knowledgeable about both New York personal injury law and/or federal admiralty law (whichever is applicable in your case)
  • The attorney has experience representing New York boating accident victims
  • The attorney suggests a case strategy you agree with
  • The attorney makes you feel confident in his or her skills, and you would be comfortable following his or her advice and recommendations
  • The attorney's award estimate seems realistic
  • The attorney's estimated fees and expenses seem reasonable

After you've finished meeting with New York boat accident lawyers, it's time to decide which one to hire. You may immediately know which one is right for your case, which will make the decision an easy one.

If you're torn between several attorneys who are qualified to handle your case, then ask each one to put you in touch with a former client. Ask the client about his or her experience and satisfaction with the lawyer's services.

Once you've found the best lawyer to handle your case, you're ready to hire the lawyer and move ahead with your boat accident case.

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