Things to Consider When Choosing Among Slip & Fall Lawyers
The process of selecting among slip and fall lawyers can seem mysterious and intimidating, particularly if you've never before hired a lawyer. However, it's easier than it may seem and ultimately boils down to common sense.
There are a number of factors you'll want to consider when hiring a slip and fall accident attorney, all of which are discussed in this article.
What Is the Slip & Fall Lawyer's Experience?
Experience should be one of your chief considerations when hiring a slip and fall attorney. You want to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable about personal injury and premises liability law, and who has handled many cases. Things you'll want to consider:
- How many years of experience does the lawyer have representing clients with slip and fall injuries?
- Does the lawyer only represent slip and fall accident victims, or does he or she also handle other types of cases?
- Although no two cases are identical, what is the slip and fall attorney's track record handling cases similar to yours?
How Comfortable Do You Feel?
In many respects, hiring a lawyer is different from hiring a doctor or a handyman. The decision to hire a particular lawyer includes both objective and subjective judgments. Objectively, you want to hire a slip and fall attorney who has the skills, background, and experience to handle your case. Subjectively, you want to hire a lawyer in whom you have confidence.
You will be working closely with your lawyer until your case settles or a court issues a judgment. Your slip and fall lawyer may spend hours interviewing you and recreating your accident, discussing legal strategy, and offering legal advice. As a client, you want to hire an attorney you trust and respect, and who makes you feel comfortable. You'll be relying on your lawyer to guide you through the legal process, and it's important to work with someone who makes you feel comfortable.
How Much Does the Slip & Fall Lawyer Cost?
Most personal injury lawyers-including slip and fall attorneys-charge for their services on a contingency basis. This means that you pay the attorney a percentage of any money you win, and you owe the attorney no money if you lose your case.
Contingency fees are usually calculated as a percentage of your gross award (before expenses have been deducted) or your net award (after expenses have been deducted). You can try to negotiate a lower percentage contingency fee before agreeing to hire an attorney.
Remember, however, that the percentage fee is just one aspect of the calculation. You also want to hire the lawyer you think can secure you the largest award possible.
As you meet with lawyers, ask them to estimate the size of a settlement that you can expect, and ask them how they arrived at the award estimates. You want make sure their estimates are realistic before deciding whether to hire the attorney.
Selecting a Slip & Fall Lawyer
Once you've had the opportunity to meet with slip and fall attorneys, it's time to decide which one to hire. Ideally, you'll find a slip and fall lawyer who has the necessarily experience, who makes you feel comfortable, and whose fees and settlement estimates sound realistic.
If you are having trouble selecting between two or more lawyers, ask each one of them to put you in touch with a former client who can serve as a reference. You can assume they'll connect you with a client who had a positive experience, but these clients may still offer insights that ultimately help you select an attorney.