If you are a Rhode Island resident who has been injured in an accident you may want to pursue a legal claim. If you’ve been injured on the jobsite then you may have a worker’s compensation claim or a third-party claim. Additionally, accidents can happen anywhere and you may have a premises liability claim if you have been injured on someone else’s property.
The knowledge that a claim is available is only the beginning of the process. One of the most important steps you can take in pursuing your claim is hiring the right lawyer. Here is a list of 6 things to consider before hiring a lawyer:
Hire a RI Attorney as Soon as Possible.
In many cases, the strength of a legal claim depends on how quickly the client hires a lawyer. Lawyers can provide practical and legal advice that will strengthen your claim. For instance, important evidence about the circumstances surrounding an accident fade with time. Therefore, quickly hiring a lawyer may improve your chances of discovering favorable evidence. Also, a lawyer knows what information is relevant to your claim. Finally, you need to hire a lawyer before the statute of limitations on your claim runs and prevents you from seeking recovery.
Hire a Lawyer That Specializes in Handling Accident Claims.
There are many lawyers who practice in many areas of law. However, some lawyers and law firms primarily handle personal injury cases. d’Oliveira & Associates handles such personal injury cases and has successfully obtained compensation for many clients with accident claims.
Hire a Lawyer Who Has Experience.
Experience is an incredibly valuable asset in the legal field. Experienced attorneys know what information is needed and the best way to pursue your claim. Experience is especially important when dealing with insurance companies. A lawyer who has built a reputation and has past experience communicating competently with insurance companies will be able to protect your interests from companies that want to deny you full compensation. Our law firm has been handling accident lawsuits for the past 30 years and has the experience to handle your claim.
Hire a Lawyer You Trust.
You should meet any potential lawyers and decide whether you feel comfortable talking with them regularly and candidly. A quality client-lawyer relationship will help you handle the difficult process a lawsuit can entail. Our staff is client-oriented and we strive to provide the best legal services for our clients. Our team keeps in regular contact with our clients so that they know the latest information on their claim. Additionally, we have staff on hand that speak Spanish. See client reviews of our firm.
Hire a Lawyer Who is Easy to Access.
Consider the location of the law offices and time a lawyer can dedicate to your case. The closer a law office is the more convenient meeting your lawyer will be. Additionally, a lawyer who is able to return phone calls promptly and meet with you at your convenience will place your mind at ease. d’Oliveira & Associates has 15 locations throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Additionally, we have a 24-hour free phone line and easy to use online contact form. Finally, we have a team of lawyers and paralegals who are responsive to your wants and needs. Meet our legal staff.
Consider Legal Fees.
One of the most important things to understand is how legal fees will be structured. Look at whether the firm requires a retainer, charges an hourly wage, or is paid through a contingency fee. For many clients, a contingency fee is preferable because they do not pay legal fees unless their lawyer is able to obtain a settlement or award. Our law firm uses a contingency fee. We offer free consultations to our clients and do not receive a legal fee until you receive a settlement or award. Additionally, we are happy to answer any questions you have regarding the structuring of a legal fee.
Hire a Law Firm with 30 Years of Experience.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident, you may want to speak with a personal injury lawyer regarding a potential claim. d’Oliveira & Associates has years of experience handling personal injury claims. We can give you the legal representation you need for your accident claim. Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.