It’s no secret that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. Construction workers operate at dangerous heights, use large machines and powered equipment, and are routinely exposed to toxic substances.
As you might expect given the nature of the industry, legal claims are common. But with more than 1.3 million active attorneys in the US, how do you find the right attorney for your construction claim?
Here are the 5 steps to help you choose the right construction accident attorney:
The first step to finding the right attorney is understanding your legal issue. Ask yourself the following questions:
Once you’ve identified your specific legal issue, you’ll want to locate a handful of attorneys who have experience representing clients with your particular case.
Construction accident claims are a type of personal injury claim, but they have unique challenges. For example, there are a host of potential parties involved in a construction accident who aren’t involved in most other personal injury claims. This might include owners, general contractors, employees, suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors.
So how do you find an attorney with the right experience? Here are 3 primary places to start:
The vast majority of attorneys offer free initial consultations. You can use these free initial consultation to find out if the attorney is right for you. Remember, choosing an attorney isn’t just about selecting the most qualified, it’s also important to find an attorney who you like and work well with. Think of the initial consultation as a job interview.
In order to properly evaluate your attorney, you’ll need to investigate whether the attorney has ever been disciplined.
Every state has a disciplinary organization that receives and investigates complaints in order to determine whether an attorney has acted inappropriately. An attorney can be disciplined for a host of reasons, from forgetting to pay their bar dues to stealing their client’s money.
Once an attorney is disciplined, the reason for the disciplinary action is made public. If you’re not sure how to reach the disciplinary organization to investigate whether the attorney you’re considering has been disciplined, call your local state bar organization.
The attorney-client relationship is just that: a relationship. That means it takes the efforts of both the attorney and the client to be successful. Similar to how a doctor needs to know the details of your health in order to make you better, a lawyer needs to know every detail of your case.
Don’t hide anything from your attorney. If there are embarrassing facts or details that you think make your case look weaker, it’s better your attorney finds out from you now then from the other side during trial. Remember, your attorney is on your side, but they must know the weaknesses of your case so they can strategize ways to minimize the impact of those weaknesses.
Good luck! The Enjuris team is rooting for you.