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How to Hire a Texas Boat Accident Attorney

If you've been injured in a boating accident that was someone else's fault, a Texas boat accident attorney can help you:

  • Estimate the actual cost of your accident-related expenses (including medical treatment and the cost to repair or replace damaged or destroyed property)
  • Collect evidence to establish fault
  • Negotiate with the party at fault in the accident
  • Argue your case in court if necessary

If you've never before hired an attorney, you should identify personal injury lawyers who have experience representing victims of Texas boat accidents, then interview each attorney before deciding which one to hire. This article will take you through the process.

Finding a Texas Boat Accident Attorney

If you know anyone who's previously hired a lawyer for a Texas boat accident negligence case, ask that person if he or she would recommend the lawyer who handled their case. Personal suggestions from a person who's actually worked with the attorney can be invaluable.

If you don't know anyone who's previously worked with a Texas boat accident attorney, or if you're looking for additional names, you've come to the right place. Attorneys.com has a service to connect you with boat accident attorneys in your area

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Once you're ready to begin the process, you can call 1-877-913-7222 or fill out a short form on this site. After you've answered a few questions, we will connect you with at least one local Texas boat accident attorney. You can contact the lawyer yourself, or he or she will follow up with you within two business days.

Schedule a Meeting with Each Texas Boat Accident Lawyer

Before hiring a lawyer, you should schedule a preliminary meeting, also called an initial consultation. This meeting allows you to tell the attorney about your case, while also giving you the opportunity to interview the lawyer about his or her experience.

Most personal injury lawyers do not charge for initial consultations, but be sure to double check when scheduling the meeting.

Prepare for the Meeting

Take some time to prepare for each meeting.

Because you'll be telling the lawyer about your accident, gather any documents related to your case. These would include copies of police reports, medical bills, and any correspondence with insurance companies.

You should also write down the key details about your accident. This helps ensure you don't leave anything out when meeting with each attorney. Write down when the accident happened, what happened, who was involved, and what injuries you suffered.

You'll also want to create a written list of questions you'd like to ask during the meeting. Remember that the initial consultation is your chance to interview the lawyer before deciding whether to hire him or her. Ask questions that will help you make this decision. Typical 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 case, including fees and expenses

If you have any special requirements for an attorney-such as one who offers weekend hours or speaks Spanish-you should remember to ask about these during your meeting.

Attorneys are bound by confidentiality laws, so you should feel comfortable sharing personal details of your accident and associated injuries. Anything you discuss will remain confidential even if you end up hiring a different lawyer.

During & After the Meeting

Bring your written list of questions, notes, and accident-related documents to each initial consultation. You should also bring writing materials, so you can take notes during or immediately following the meeting.

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

  • Has the skills to handle your Texas boating accident case
  • Is experienced with Texas negligence law and/or federal maritime law (whichever applies in your case)
  • Recommends a case-management strategy that you agree with
  • Offers a realistic estimate of your case's value
  • Proposes a fair legal fee and estimates reasonable legal expenses
  • Shows good judgment and is someone you'd feel comfortable trusting

After you've met each attorney you're considering for your case, then 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.

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