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How to Find a South Carolina Boat Accident Attorney

A South Caroline boat accident attorney can help you:

  • Estimate your boat accident-related expenses, including the cost of medical treatment, repair or replacement of damaged property, lost wages, and pain and suffering
  • Collect evidence about your accident and work with experts as necessary to establish who was at fault
  • Negotiate a financial settlement with the party at fault, or his or her insurance company
  • Present your case in court if you're unable to reach an out-of-court settlement

If you were injured in a South Carolina boating accident that was someone else's fault, consider meeting with and hiring a personal injury attorney who can protect your legal interests.

Finding South Carolina Boating Accident Lawyers

There are several ways to find a South Carolina boat accident attorney who's qualified to handle your case.

If you know someone who's recently been represented by a local boating accident lawyer, ask whether he or she would recommend his or her attorney. Or, if you know a local lawyer-even one who practices a different type of law-ask if he or she can introduce you to a South Carolina boat accident lawyer.

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

When you're ready to find an attorney, complete the short form on this site or call us at 1-877-913-7222. Once you have answered some basic questions, we will connect you with at least one South Carolina boat accident lawyer in your area. The attorney will follow up with you within two business days, or you can follow up on your own.

Meeting a South Carolina Boat Accident Attorney

Before agreeing to hire an attorney, you should schedule a preliminary meeting, called an initial consultation. The purpose of this meeting is to learn more about the lawyer's:

  • Professional background
  • Experience handling South Carolina boat accident lawsuits
  • Proposed strategy for your case
  • Assessment of your case and estimate of the amount of money you could win
  • Estimated legal fees and expenses for handling your case

The meeting also gives the lawyer an opportunity to learn more about your accident and injuries. Based on the meeting, you can decide whether to hire the attorney for your case.

You'll want to spend some time preparing for your meetings. Make notes about your boating accident, including:

  • When the boating accident occurred
  • Where the boating accident occurred
  • Who was involved in the boating accident and who witnessed it
  • What happened when the accident occurred
  • What injuries you suffered

If you have any documents related to the boating accident and your injuries (such as the Coast Guard report or medical bills), you'll also want to bring copies of those. These written notes and documents will help ensure you remember all relevant details when meeting with the lawyer.

You'll also want to prepare a list of written questions you'd like to ask during the meeting. Remember that one of the purposes of the meeting is to determine whether you'd like to hire the lawyer, so focus on questions that help you make this decision. Topics to discuss include:

  • The lawyer's background, professional experience, and knowledge of South Carolina negligence law and federal maritime or admiralty laws (whichever applies in your case)
  • The lawyer's proposed strategy for managing your case
  • The lawyer's estimate of the value of your case
  • The lawyer's proposed fees and estimated expenses

Choosing a South Carolina Boat Accident Attorney

After you've completed your initial consultations, you are ready to hire a lawyer to handle your case. Immediately eliminate from consideration any lawyers who pressured you or whom you know you don't want to hire. If you can't decide between a couple lawyers, ask them to give you names of former clients to call for references. Your decision may be easier after speaking to people who have firsthand experience working with the attorney.

Some of the criteria you may want to consider when hiring an attorney:

  • Has the appropriate skills and experience to handle your case
  • Makes you comfortable with his or her judgment and knowledge of the law
  • Proposes a case strategy you can agree with
  • Charges a fee that is reasonable

Once you have found a lawyer who meets these requirements, you can hire him or her and begin working on a South Carolina boat accident settlement.

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