Choosing a Boating Accident Attorney
Watch this video to learn what to look for when choosing a boating accident attorney in Florida. Call our office to schedule a free consultation.
How do I choose the best attorney for my boating accident claim?
In the Tampa Bay area, and St. Petersburg specifically, we have a lot of boating accidents because of everyone on the water in this beautiful area. I talked to somebody who was seriously injured in a boating accident and their question was, “How do I find the best attorney for my case in a boating accident?” I told them a number of things.
The first is to be sure that you are hiring an attorney who handles all personal injury cases and has experience with boating accident injuries, specifically. The second thing that I told them was to be sure that you are finding a board certified civil trial lawyer. What that means, in Florida, is that the attorney is in the top 1% of attorneys in the state as certified by the Florida Bar. They would be someone who has the skill and the expertise, as commented on by judges and other attorneys that have cases against them, to get that certification.
You have to go to trial to be a board certified civil trial attorney. For your boating accident case, you need a trial lawyer because, if you hire an attorney who doesn’t go to trial, that attorney is not going to be able to get the same settlements for you from the insurance company, because that they are going to know that your lawyer does not go to trial and they’re going to treat that lawyer accordingly. Even if you’ve sustained a serious injury in a boating accident, they may try to lowball you on your case.
On the other hand, if you have a trial lawyer who all the lawyers and all the insurance companies know is ready to go to trial if they’re not fair, you’re likely to get a fair settlement short of trial, and if they force you to go to trial, you’re going to have a lawyer who knows how to win.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a boat crash and have questions about choosing a boating accident attorney?
Contact our experienced St. Petersburg boat accident lawyers at Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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