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Choosing an Offshore Oil Rig Injury Lawyer Should be Simple

Oct 12, 2007
When dealing with issues of on site injury, finding an offshore oil rig injury lawyer should be simple. Of course, there can't be all that many in the greater Dallas area, right? Surprisingly, there are more offshore oil rig injury law firms in the United States than patent lawyers. So how does someone who is suffering from an injury, with a little insult tossed in from the big wigs at the company's headquarters for flavor, find the right attorney for their case?

In all honesty, there is no checklist formula that can answer that question for each individual injured party. There's no magic formula that guarantees that if "you can answer 'yes' to all these questions" then you can be assured of a victorious win. Nothing in life actually works that way. Instead, due diligence, and a little seeking, can get the "right" lawyer for your case.

There's really only a checklist for you. While your personal checklist won't guarantee you anything, it will narrow down the likelihood that you can build a strong lawsuit with the help of an attorney that you can trust, that will involve you, and that has a strong standing among other attorneys in the area.

All lawyers who have been around for awhile work, in part, by reputation. Reputation means a lot to an offshore oil rig injury lawyer. With a strong reputation for winning lawsuits, these lawyers can usually demand higher settlements, and are able to negotiate these higher settlements faster and more often. After all, settlements are nearly always preferred to a court date for all parties involved.

A working relationship with your chosen attorney will help to determine the outcome of a lawsuit. The better the working relationship becomes, the stronger the case becomes. A working relationship with an offshore oil rig injury lawyer is vital to the process. How can you expect someone to represent you well if the two of you can't communicate in the privacy of his or her office?

That expectation might be a little high. The communication skills of the lawyer not only directly impact how well the two of you work together, but it also directly impacts how well you will be represented in the court room should it ever come to a full blown lawsuit.

Your next item on your personal checklist is experience. We will count track record in with experience for argument's sake. An attorney who has filed dozens of cases but hasn't brought home a settlement for any of his or her clients is pretty much telling you what kind of attorney they are by track record alone. Of course, a newbie isn't going to have a stellar track record no matter how good they may be.

This isn't really the time to try out a newbie. You're going to want someone who has been around the block a few times. This may not seem fair to the newbie, but on the off chance that they are less than desirable, do you really want them to discover they entered the wrong field during your case? Probably not. Even if it's your nephew or some distant relative who showed up after your second cousin twice removed told them about your accident. Experience states a lot about an attorney and a lot about how your offshore oil rig injury lawsuit is going to be handled.

The next item on your personal checklist entails communication skills. During your consultation, pay attention to the way the offshore oil rig injury lawyer communicates. Does he or she make you feel incompetent with their use of specialized terms? How might that make a jury on the fence feel? Are they able to articulate themselves and your situation well? Do they use the word "um" three times for every sentence? If you feel that they are simply speaking to you like an advisor over coffee, he or she may be an excellent find. If you leave the consultation just as confused about your questions as you were when you first went in then it is likely that he or she will not be able to present your lawsuit well to a jury.

Last but not least, trust your gut. If you get to check the "yes" box for everything except your overall comfort level, then maybe it would be wise to listen to your gut reactions. Choosing the right lawyer for your case is vital. Never be afraid to express concerns when you have them. After all, it is the position of the offshore oil rig injury attorney to represent you and your best interests. You have the right to question whether or not that is being done.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on cases involving maritime injury, maritime contracts, and the Jones Act Law. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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