How To Pick An Offshore Accident Lawyer
This is Hugh Howerton. I have been a personal injury lawyer for 30 years and handle offshore oil rig accidents. The lawyer you want first and foremost cares about you and is not in it for the money.
You see lawyer ads who yell at you that they are the toughest or the best or the whatever. Who cares.
The number one reason that Big Oil pays big settlements is…the facts of the case. If your lawyer can prove that the oil company was at fault for your accident and prove each and every way your accident has affected your life and will affect it in the future then that helps you and gets Big Oil’s attention.
Here are the things you want in your offshore accident lawyer.
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law
You want a personal injury lawyer that is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. This means the lawyer is recognized as a “Specialist” in Personal Injury Trial Law. Very few lawyers are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.
These lawyers have to be experienced handling personal injury cases. They have to pass a hard test. They have to have tried to verdict at least 10 personal injury cases and they have to have recommendations from judges AND the opposing lawyers they have dealt with in the past.
Experience Winning Offshore Oil Rig Cases
Many times offshore oil rig accidents are handled under a Federal law known as the Jones Act. You need a lawyer that understands this Federal law and has experience winning offshore oil rig accident cases.
Not every personal injury lawyer has the experience and training to win these types of case. Do not be afraid to ask the lawyer about their experience. Remember, they work for you.
Read Their Client Reviews
Good lawyers get good reviews from their past clients. You can find Google reviews by just searching for the lawyer’s name on Google. You can read what their past clients thought of them, how they were treated by the lawyer and whether they got them a good settlement. You will also be able to see how easily they could reach their lawyer, whether the lawyer explained the legal process and answered all of their questions. You can find out if the lawyer treated them with respect and courtesy.
Have They Won Large Settlements and Verdicts
You want a lawyer that wins BIG settlements and Verdicts. You want a lawyer that actually goes to trial and wins. There are some law firms that are known as “Settlement Mills”. This means they just take whatever offer the insurance company makes and never file a lawsuit and never go to trial.
Big oil and their insurance companies keep track of the lawyers who are not afraid to go to trial and the ones that never file lawsuits. Insurance companies usually offer the most money for a settlement right before trial. If the lawyer is afraid to even file a lawsuit the insurance company will never be forced to make their highest offer.
Trust me, if a lawyer has won big settlements and verdicts all you have to do is ask. They will tell you. Most lawyers like to brag. But seriously, if you are seriously hurt you want a lawyer who know how to win big cases.
Do They Have Time To Handle Your Case Personally
The number 1 complaint about lawyers is they never return my call and never keep me updated on what is going on. Shame on those lawyers. All personal injury lawyers I know offer a free consultation. You need to make sure the lawyer has time for your case and that they will personally handle it from start to finish. You do not want a lawyer who sends you to another lawyer or worse send you to a younger associate. You deserve better.
They Are Not In It For The Money
You need to feel your lawyer has your best interests at heart. Even above their own. You never want to hire an ambulance chaser or a lawyer who wants to represent you just for the money they will make on your case. You deserve better.
Do not let a lawyer pressure you to sign a contract with them. It is easy to hire a lawyer. All you have to do is sign the employment contract. BUT, it is real hard to get rid of them once you sign and find out they are a bad lawyer.
Well, there you have it. I hope this report helped you. If you have any questions call me at 713.984.9848 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org