How to Hire a Premises Liability Attorney
If you were injured in someone's home or place of business because of their negligence, a premises liability attorney will be able to help you with your lawsuit. He or she will help you prove that the trip and fall was not your fault and help you get a settlement to cover medical bills.
If you have a friend or family member who recently worked with a slip-and-fall accident lawyer, you can see if he or she would recommend that lawyer. But if you're unable to get a personal recommendation, you're at the right site. Attorneys.com has a service to connect you with local premises liability attorneys.
When you're ready to begin the process, you can start by completing the short form on this site or calling 1-877-913-7222. After you've answered a few basic questions, we will connect you with one or more premises liability attorneys in your area. You may contact these attorneys on your own, or they will follow up with you within two business days.
Learn more about frequently asked slip and fall questions.
Meeting with Premises Liability Attorneys
Once you have the name of at least one premises liability attorney, you should set up a meeting or initial consultation. Use this meeting as a chance to learn about the lawyer. It's also a good chance for him or her to learn about your case. Attorneys don't usually charge for these meetings, but you might want to check first, so you are not surprised.
You will want to prepare for these meetings. Make some notes about when the accident happened and what sorts of medical bills you have incurred as a result of the accident.
Also make a list of questions you'd like to ask the attorney. Questions should touch on:
- The lawyer's experience handling cases similar to yours and what types of outcomes they've had
- His or her assessment of your case, the amount of award money you may receive, and the case strategy he or she is considering for your case.
- How he or she bills for personal injury cases and how much your case might cost
Also, if you have any special needs from a lawyer, such as one who speaks Spanish or a lawyer who represents slip-and-fall victims with back injuries, be sure to bring that up in your consultation.
The purpose of these meetings is to help you decide which lawyer you'd like to hire. Taking notes during these meetings will help you remember the key points when you go to make a decision. Everything will be kept confidential, so feel free to ask any questions that come to mind.
Final Attorney Selection
After you've completed initial consultations, it is time for you to select a premises liability attorney to hire for your case. If you know for sure there is a lawyer you don't want to hire, you can immediately eliminate him or her from your consideration. But if you are undecided between a few attorneys, you can ask each of them for names of past clients for you to talk to. These types of references can help you make up your mind.
When you select an attorney, you may want to consider whether the lawyer:
- Has the skills and experience necessary to handle your case
- Proposes a case strategy you agree with
- Has reasonable fees
- Makes you comfortable with his or her judgment
After you have found a lawyer who satisfies these requirements, you can hire him or her and begin your personal injury case.