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How to Hire an Ohio Boat Accident Attorney

An Ohio boat accident attorney can help protect your legal interests if you've been injured in a boating accident that was someone else's fault. Reasons to hire a boat accident attorney include:

  • Because you are worried you won't be able to accurately estimate the cost of your accident-related expenses, including medical expenses, the price of repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed property, the cost of lost wages, and appropriate compensation for pain and suffering
  • It's not entirely clear who was at fault in your accident
  • You don't want to personally negotiate with the party at fault in your accident or their insurance company for fear of leaving money on the table
  • You think it may be difficult to reach an out-of-court settlement with the party at fault in your accident and that litigation may be necessary

How to Find an Ohio Boat Accident Attorney

Personal recommendations can be valuable when hiring a lawyer. Do you know anyone who's previously hired an Ohio boat accident attorney or an attorney who practices maritime law? If so, ask that person if he or she would recommend his or her attorney. Or, if you know someone who practices a different type of law, ask if he or she could suggest a boat accident attorney in your town.

If you are unable to get a personal recommendation or you're looking for additional names, Attorneys.com can help you. We offer a service that will connect you to a local Ohio boat accident attorney. Simply call us at 1-877-913-7222 or complete the form on this site. We'll ask you a few questions, and then we will connect you with at least one boat accident lawyer in your area. You can contact the lawyer at your convenience, or he or she will call you within two business days.

Prepare to Meet With an Ohio Boat Accident Attorney

Most boat accident lawyers will meet with potential clients for a free initial consultation. At this meeting, you can describe your boating accident and get the attorney's assessment of your case. You can also interview the lawyer to determine whether he or she is right for your case. It's a good idea to schedule an initial consultation with each attorney you're considering before you agree to hire one.

You'll want to spend some time preparing for the initial consultation. To start, make a written list of questions you'd like to ask the lawyer. Remember that the point of the meeting is to decide whether to hire the lawyer, so focus on questions that help you make this decision. Among the topics to discuss:

  • The attorney's experience handling Ohio boat accident lawsuits and negotiating Ohio boat accident settlements
  • The attorney's assessment of your case
  • How much the attorney thinks your case could be worth if you are able to settle with the party at fault or if you go to trial
  • How much the attorney charges
  • You should also make written notes about the specifics of your case. Details to discuss include:

    • When did the boating accident occur?
    • Where did the boating accident occur?
    • Who else was present when the accident occurred?
    • What sequence of events led up to the accident?
    • What injuries did you suffer?

    You should also make copies of any accident-related paperwork (including the Coast Guard reports, medical notes, and bills and letters from the insurance company) to bring to the initial consultation.

    During & After the Meeting

    Bring all of your paperwork to each initial consultation, including your accident-related notes and list of questions. You should also bring some writing materials, so you can record your impressions during the meeting.

    You should feel comfortable speaking freely with the attorney. Know that any details you share will remain confidential even if you hire a different lawyer.

    As you talk to the lawyer, think about how well he or she meets your criteria for an Ohio boat accident attorney. Remember, you're looking for a lawyer who:

    • Has the necessary skills and professional experience representing Ohio boat accident victims
    • Suggests a sensible case-management strategy
    • Provides a realistic award estimate
    • Charges a fair legal fee and reasonable legal expenses
    • Feels like someone whose advice and judgment you could trust and is someone who makes you feel comfortable

    After you've finished meeting with Ohio boat accident attorneys, you'll need to decide which one to hire. You may be lucky and find that one lawyer is clearly the best person to handle your case. If you're torn between a couple of attorneys, ask each one to put you in touch with a former client who can serve as a reference. These clients should be able to tell you what they liked and disliked about the lawyer, and whether they would hire him or her again.

    Once you've found the lawyer who is best-qualified to handle your case, you're ready to hire that lawyer.

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