My father, who lives in Mobile, was recently hurt and hospitalized while working offshore on an oil rig. I suggested to him that we should hire a lawyer to help us but he wants to make sure we find the right person for the job. What questions should we ask to make sure we find the best injury attorney to help us with this case?
There are several things that you and your father would want to check on when finding the right lawyer.
Find a lawyer that works for the injured party.
First, you would certainly want to make sure that you find an attorney that works for individuals that have been hurt, rather than a law firm or lawyer that works for the insurance companies.
Find an attorney familiar with offshore injury.
Also, it would be wise to make sure that the attorney or firm you select has experience in handling complex and specialized matters such as accidents and injuries that happen offshore or on an oil rig. Those type of cases are not ones that every attorney knows how to handle, and your father’s case shouldn’t be the one that lawyer tries to learn on. That is why it is so important to research your potential attorney, or trust a well-known attorney.
Research attorney fees.
Once you have found an attorney that handles this type of case, the next step would be to determine how much the attorney will charge and whether you have to pay up front. Of course, Morris Bart doesn’t charge unless we collect for you. You and your father are going through enough with the injury, stress, and worry, and shouldn’t have to be concerned how you will pay your lawyer up front to get the justice and compensation that is deserved.
Keep open communication channels.
Finally, you want to ensure that when selecting an attorney, you actually will get to talk to and work with your actual attorney, and not get passed off to a machine, case manager, or a paralegal that isn’t actually licensed to practice law. You want the doctor performing surgery on you, and not the nurse, just like you want your lawyer handling your case, not an administrative assistant. This is why when you hire the law firm of Morris Bart, you have direct phone, fax, and email access to your lawyer and his or her assistant.
These are all important questions, which you should ensure that you know the answer to before you make the very important choice of who to hire as your or your father’s attorney.