If you are facing a serious injury claim in response to an on site incident, you'll need to hire a great attorney to protect your rights and deal with the deluge of paperwork from the insurance companies and any complex legal proceedings.
Before you panic to your employee's slip and fall, accident or workplace injury, know that you are not alone. By checking references and using a detailed questionnaire, you can hire the best attorney to protect your small business and your reputation.
Here ‘s how:
1-Ask for business referrals
Place a call to your local chamber of commerce, or even your small business insurance agent, to get a listing of prominent attorneys to help defend your case. If you are a member of a small business mastermind group, ask for help finding a business attorney or call your state bar's public help line for free help and referral advice.
If you've contacted an attorney that cannot personally take your small business case, he or she should be able to refer you to a qualified lawyer who can.
2- Search the web for an online database of preferred attorneys
Input the words “personal injury layers + your state and city” in your favorite search engine. Contact the top 5 search results to get general information about the lawyer's services and experience. If you are not search savvy, search an online database of regional and local attorneys. Three popular services are Martindale–Hubbell® Lawyer Index, Nolo.com and FindLaw.com.
An online database and directory, will show the attorney's experience, fees, education and specific area of legal expertise. While online searching is a simple way to find attorneys in your area, do a thorough due diligence because web results and reviews can be manipulated easily.
3- Ask your attorney detailed questions before making a hiring decision
Before meeting with your top 3 lawyers, you should ask if there are any initial consultation fees. You will be required to pay an initial consultation fee whether you hire the lawyer, or not.
Use the following list of questions to interview a minimum of 3 attorneys before you sign a legal services retainer agreement.
- Can you discuss your legal areas of specialization?
- How many personal injury defense cases have your handled? What were the outcomes?
- Are you the only lawyer who will work on my case? Or is there a team required to defend my business?
- On average, how long does it take to resolve this kind of case?
- What are all the fees associated with the cost of my case?
- How will I be informed about the ongoing progress and status of my case?
- How do we reach a reasonable outcome if a settlement is offered by the opposing counsel?
- Can I reach your office after hours, and will you return my calls promptly?
- Have you or your associated ever been suspended or disciplined by an independent legal ethics committee? If so, when or why?
Using the following guide your on your way to hire a lawyer to interpret the legal rules involved in your employee's claim and to help you settle the insurance company's claim in good faith .