Not all lawyers are created equal. Although all Indiana attorneys have gone to law school and passed the bar exam, not everyone puts clients at the center of their practice.
When looking for a premises liability lawyer in particular, this person-to-person interaction becomes even more important. For slip and fall cases, an attorney will know every detail of what’s likely an embarrassing and painful moment in your life. It helps to know they’re on your side so you can freely share information that may help your claim.
To help identify your priorities in choosing a premises liability lawyer, we’ve put together a list of common questions to ask and skills to look for in someone who may represent you in court.
For premises liability cases, there are a couple of limiting factors on the lawyers who can help you. First, since these claims could eventually end up in court, you have to use an attorney who is licensed in the state where the court that would hear the case. Some law firms, like Hensley Legal Group, travel to cities throughout the state to represent clients.
Second, do a quick internet search to find lawyers in your city, making note of their reviews and/or testimonials. This will give you perspective on what others in your situation have experienced with that law firm or lawyer. Asking your circle of friends about their experience with the legal system may also give you insight on how to go about choosing a lawyer.
Finally, spend time talking to several different lawyers directly to get a better idea of the types of people you could be working with. Ask each one the same set of questions to compare them side by side.
What to Ask Potential Attorneys
When you begin calling or visiting premises liability attorneys, keep in mind that you’re in control. They cannot tell you what to do or that you must hire them because you called. You can use questions like these to frame conversations, provide benchmarks for comparing different lawyers, and maintain control.
- Describe your experience with premises liability law. All other things being equal, you may feel more comfortable working with an attorney who’s handled cases like yours in the past.
- How much will it cost? Perhaps the question on most people’s minds when they hire a lawyer is how expensive it will be. If you don’t understand the fee structure or the attorney doesn’t answer this question, press until you get a straight answer.
- Do I have to go to trial? This is a good baseline question to ask premises liability lawyers because the answer should always be “no.” You should never feel forced to file a lawsuit, as this leads to extra costs, extra hassle, and extra stress for nearly everyone involved. However, your attorney should also be prepared to go to trial if that’s the best course of action for your claim. Hiring an experienced trial attorney is essential to make sure the insurance company knows they need to come to the table and make reasonable settlement offers or else risk facing trial against a skilled attorney.
- What are my prospects? Though every attorney’s perspective will vary depending on their educated guess, this question helps identify attorneys who say something wildly different than the other attorneys you speak to. An experienced attorney will never tell you that they know exactly how much your case is worth. Skilled attorneys know that they must gather all of the evidence before they can even begin to make an educated guess on the worth of your case.
What an Attorney Should Do for You
Every premises liability attorney handles their case load a little differently, and one who worked for a friend of yours may not be your choice of legal representation. It’s true that you may not feel an instant connection to a potential attorney; after all, they’re a professional, not your friend. However, since you likely have your choice of qualified lawyers, you can afford to choose the one that makes you feel the most safe and well-represented. These are a few qualities to keep in mind, but certainly not a perfect list.
A great premises liability attorney will:
- Listen to and answer your questions
- Pay attention to and anticipate your legal needs
- Return phone calls and emails promptly
- Explain what’s going on at every step of the way and won’t keep you in the dark about your case
- Refer you to a different attorney if they feel unqualified to take your case
- Allow you to make decisions in your case
Not everyone can live up to every one of these criteria, but thinking about these things may help you pick the best of the best to uphold your rights.
Hiring an Indiana Premises Liability Attorney
Now that we’ve shared what to do when choosing an attorney, feel free to put us through the ringer! How do we measure up against other qualified lawyers? We want you to find the premises liability attorneys that will best represent you, no matter who you choose.
Get started with a free conversation by calling us or contacting us online today!