When to Hire or Consult a Lawyer in Alabama
George Allen Moore
Johnston, Moore & Thompson
400 Meridian Street Suite 301
Huntsville, AL 35801
Most people can make good decisions when they are well informed about their legal rights and the options available to them. It is important to protect yourself and your legal rights in many different situations. It is also important to know when you may require the professional services of a lawyer because many situations demand it. Depending on the complexity and time required of your case, hiring an attorney can be very beneficial but can also cost a large sum of money, so it is important to understand when you really need legal representation.
It is important to know that hiring a lawyer in Alabama after a serious injury at work normally does not result in out-of-pocket legal fees because most attorneys charge only if a recovery for you is made, and they charge a percentage of the recovery instead of an hourly fee. Also hiring a lawyer after suffering a serious injury that was caused by the negligence of someone else or a caused by the negligence of a corporation normally does not result in out-of-pocket legal fees. Most attorneys charge only if you successfully recover damages from the third party, such as an insurance company, and they charge a percentage of the recovery instead of an hourly fee. This is called a contingency fee because it is contingent on the lawyer successfully recovering damages as a result of your injury.
Contact an attorney immediately if you have been sued or arrested. These types of situations are normally very cut and dried in terms of whether you need legal representation. However, there are many reasons why you may need to hire an attorney. For example, you may want to consult with an attorney before you fire a problem employee. You may also want to consult an attorney if you have been seriously injured. Additionally, if you are unsure of your insurance coverage or you have questions about your insurance policy and the benefits owed to you and your family, you may want to consult an attorney. If you have suffered an on-the-job injury in Alabama that is covered by the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act, and you are having difficulty either getting reasonable medical care or difficulty in collecting weekly compensation payments, then consulting an attorney is a wise decision.
If you are not prepared to hire a lawyer for your situation, it is still a wise decision to consult an attorney on your rights. A good question to ask yourself if you are unsure about needing legal advice or assistance is what do you have to lose? If your answer is freedom, money, or other rights, then consulting with a lawyer is a wise decision.
You should understand the scope of your situation before contacting an attorney. There are different types of lawyers in Alabama, each dealing with certain types of legal problems and situations. It is a good idea to know whose expertise is needed even though most lawyers will let you know if you need to contact someone else.
Online resources are available to help you determine what type of lawyer you need to contact. It is a good idea to Google the name of the lawyer and the name of his law firm that you are considering. This will normally lead you to his website where you can learn a lot about the lawyer and his law firm before you actually contact him to set up an appointment. Be as well informed as you can be to make the best decision on protecting yourself and your family.
If you think you may need legal representation, it is important to act quickly. Certain situations have a specific amount of time that you have to file a lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations. If you are unsure of what action you need to take, contacting a lawyer is a wise decision. The attorney can give you good advice and help you take steps in the right direction. The attorney will also let you know if you have a strong case.
Understanding your legal rights is the first step in resolving any issue you may have. The legal world can be very frustrating, frightening, and confusing to many people. Finding a qualified attorney is important to make sure that your legal rights are protected and that you protect yourself and your family.