Many people who get hurt have never worked with a lawyer before. Whether you are a seaman injured on the job or a cruise passenger who is raped or hurt, you know you need legal help to protect your rights but may not be sure what to expect when working with a maritime lawyer.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. will make working with a lawyer stress free. We will help you understand what to expect as you seek legal help, and our legal team will keep you informed throughout the process of pursuing a claim for compensation.
Getting Started Working with a Maritime Lawyer
When you are hurt, you need to find a lawyer who has experience with your particular type of case and has the ability and track record of successfully trying and winning cases like yours. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. represents clients hurt on cruises, maritime workers, and people who sustain offshore injuries as well as people that are injured in land based setting.
You can use the Internet to find lawyers who practice the area of law that is relevant to your injuries but be sure to check references and ensure that the attorneys you are considering working with are members of professional organizations. You may also want to find attorneys who are published legal scholars and who have been cited as trusted sources in their field.
When you find a firm you think can help you, give them a call or reach out online. On that call you will need to share the basic facts surrounding how you came to be injured, when you were injured, and what is wrong with you as a result of your injury. If you are calling about an injury, a member of the firm’s legal team should schedule a free consultation with you to determine if you have a claim the firm can help you with. Often times this can be done right on the spot in not definitely within the next 24 hours during a work week day.
During your consultation, feel free to ask any questions you may have regarding what you need to do to put your potential case in the best legal posture you can as well as any other questions you may have about the firm’s qualifications and experience with your type of case. If you like the answers you get hire that firm. The sooner you put a qualified lawyer to work on your case the better it is all around. Once you hire a lawyer remember to keep in touch with them and to provide them with all the information they ask you for and if anything changes to bring it to their attention right away so they can stay on top of your case and best continue to advise you on what to do as it progresses.
How a Maritime Lawyer Helps You
Once you become a client, your attorney will move forward with pursuing a claim against all parties who could be legally responsible for compensating you for damages. An attorney could sue an individual or could pursue a claim against a company, such as a cruise line.
Your attorney will determine if you have a federal or state civil claim, depending on how and where you got hurt. If many people suffered a similar injury, your attorney will advise you on whether a class action is right for you to recover compensation. Once your lawyer has identified the law that gives rise to your claim, the appropriate court, and the right defendants, he or she can file a case on your behalf.
Many claims settle without going to court, so your attorney can also negotiate with the cruise line or company that employed you. If a negotiated settlement can be reached, you will not have to go to court. As your attorney works your claim, he will investigate your injury and hire experts to document it so that he can obtain the proof he will need to show why the party being sued is responsible for your injury as well as the extent and permanency of your injury. This is important in getting you the best resolution to your claim possible and maximizing your potential compensation while at the same time minimizing your potential risks.
If your case does not settle, your attorney will then have to be able to take it to trial and his persuasion and legal arguments try to convince a jury to award you compensation for injuries. Not all lawyers are trial capable, and while not all cases end up in trial, a lawyer than can take a case to trial and win it will always get a better settlement offer than one you cannot.
When you hire a lawyer on a contingency fee contract, he is paid for his time and knowledge and recovers the costs he advanced in handling your case from the proceeds of your case as spelled out in the agreement you signed with him when you hired him.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can be your advocate throughout the entire process of pursuing a claim for compensation after an injury. Give us a call to find out more about what happens when you trust our legal team with your case.