How to Hire a Slip & Fall Attorney
If you were injured at a friend's home or at someone's place of business due to their negligence, a slip and fall attorney will be able to help you with your personal injury lawsuit. He or she can help try to prove that the fall was not your fault and help you get a settlement to cover your mounting medical bills.
If you know someone who recently worked with a slip and fall attorney or knows a lot about slip and fall law, you may want to see if he or she can recommend a lawyer. But if you can't get a personal recommendation, you've come to the right site. Attorneys.com has a service to connect you with local premises liability attorneys.
If you're ready to begin the process of hiring a slip and fall attorney, you can complete the short form on this site or calling 1-877-913-7222. Once you've answered some basic questions, we will connect you with one or more slip and fall attorneys in your area. You can either contact the attorneys yourself, or they will follow up with you within two business days.
Meeting with Slip & Fall Attorneys
After you have the name of at least one slip and fall attorney, you should set up a meeting, or initial consultation, with him or her. Use this meeting as an opportunity to learn more about the lawyer. He or she will be using the meeting as a chance to learn about your case. Personal injury lawyers don't always charge for these meetings, but you will want to check first so you are not surprised.
You should prepare for these meetings. Make notes about when the accident happened, what happened, and what kind of medical bills you have incurred in connection with the accident.
Write down some questions you'd like to ask the attorney, including questions that touch on:
- His or her experience with premises liability law and handling cases similar to yours, and the types of outcomes in those cases
- His or her judgment of your case, including an estimate of what size award you may receive, and the case strategy he or she would recommend for your case
- How he or she charges for slip and fall cases, and how much your case might cost
If you have any specific requirements in a lawyer, such as one who represents slip and fall victims with back injuries or one who speaks Spanish, be sure to ask about those during your consultation.
The purpose of these meetings is to help you decide which lawyer you'd like to hire for your slip and fall case. Taking notes during the meetings will jog your memory later about the key points you discussed. The lawyers will keep everything confidential, so don't worry about speaking your mind.
How Will Slip & Fall Attorneys Charge You?
Slip and fall attorneys usually charge clients either an hourly rate or on a contingency basis. If the attorney charges his or her hourly rate, you will pay for the actual time spent working on your case. With a contingency fee, your lawyer only gets paid if you get a monetary award. (The fee is usually calculated as a percentage of your award.)
Selecting a Slip & Fall Attorney
Once you have completed your initial consultations, it is time for you to select a slip and fall attorney to hire for your case. If there is a lawyer you know you definitely don't want to hire, you may immediately eliminate him or her from your consideration. But if you are torn between a few attorneys, you can ask them for the names of past clients to speak to. These references can help you make your decision.
When you select an attorney, you will want to consider the following criteria:
- Possesses the skills and experience necessary to handle your case
- Proposes a case strategy you feel comfortable with
- Has reasonable fees
- Makes you comfortable with his or her judgment
Once you have found a lawyer who satisfies these criteria, you can hire him or her and begin your personal injury case.