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How to Select a North Carolina Boat Accident Attorney

A North Carolina boat accident attorney can help protect your interests if you were injured in a boating accident that was someone else's fault. If you've never before hired a lawyer, this article will guide you through the process.

Identify North Carolina Boat Accident Attorneys

To begin, you want to identify lawyers in your area who have experience handling North Carolina boat accident lawsuits. Ask your friends and family members if they (or anyone they know) have previously worked with a North Carolina boat accident attorney. Would they recommend that lawyer?

If you're unable to get personal recommendations or you'd like the name of an additional attorney, you've come to the right site. Attorneys.com can connect you with North Carolina boating accident lawyers in your area. You can call us at 1-877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this site to begin the process. We'll ask you a few questions, and then we will connect you with at least one North Carolina boat accident attorney in your area. The lawyer will call you within two business days, or you can contact the lawyer at your convenience.

Prepare to Meet With Attorneys

Before agreeing to hire a lawyer, you should schedule an initial consultation, or preliminary meeting. Most personal injury attorneys, including boat accident lawyers, offer these free meetings to potential clients.

The purpose of the initial consultation is threefold:

  • Familiarize the lawyer with the details of your accident and associated injuries
  • Interview the lawyer about his or her skills and experience handling boating accident cases
  • Decide if you want to hire the lawyer to handle your case

In preparation for the meeting, you should make a list of questions you'd like to ask the attorney. As you prepare a written list of questions, remember to focus on topics that will help you decide whether to hire the attorney. Typical topics to discuss include:

  • The attorney's education and professional background
  • The attorney's experience representing North Carolina boat accident victims
  • The attorney's assessment of your case, including an estimate of how much you could realistically expect to receive in a North Carolina boat accident settlement
  • The attorney's proposed strategy for handling your case
  • How the attorney charges for his or her time, and how much you can expect to pay in legal fees and expenses

You also want to make detailed notes about your accident. This will help ensure that you don't omit any important information when describing your case to the lawyer. Be sure to write down when and where the accident occurred, what happened, who else was present, what chain of events led to the accident, and what injuries you suffered. You should also bring copies of any documents you have that relate to the accident, including police reports, insurance company correspondence, and medical bills.

Meeting With North Carolina Boat Accident Lawyers

As you meet with each lawyer, think about whether he or she is qualified to handle your case. Although everyone will use different criteria when hiring an attorney, you're probably looking for a North Carolina boat accident lawyer who:

  • Has experience representing boat accident victims
  • Is familiar with North Carolina negligence law and/or federal maritime law (whichever applies in your case)
  • Proposes a case strategy you agree with
  • Has legal fees that are reasonable
  • Gives an award estimate that is realistic
  • Makes you feel comfortable with his or her judgment and advice
  • Is someone to whom you'd be happy to entrust your case

Don't forget to bring your list of questions and your accident-related notes to the meeting. You should also bring writing material, so you can make notes during or immediately after the meeting ends. These notes will be useful if you're ultimately selecting between a couple of attorneys.

After you've finished meeting with all of the attorneys you're considering for your case, it's time to hire one. In some cases, you may immediately know which lawyer is right for your case. If you're having a hard time making a decision, ask each lawyer to put you in touch with a past client who can serve as a reference. It can be helpful to talk to someone with firsthand experience working with the attorney.

Ultimately, you're looking for a lawyer who not only has the professional expertise to handle your case, but also one with whom you feel comfortable and confident.

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