Need Help With a Property Damage Claim?
If you’ve suffered property damage as a result of negligence, a deliberate act, or an act of nature, you might be weighing your legal options. When dealing with damage to real estate or personal property (including your vehicle), it’s not always clear who was at fault, whether insurance will cover the damage, or what steps you should take to get compensation for your losses. Speaking to a property damage attorney can be a good step toward understanding and protecting your legal rights.
An experienced property damage attorney can help you:
While many property damage cases settle, the process can be complicated and insurance companies often fight or try to underpay damage claims. A knowledgeable property damage attorney can walk you through your options, advocate on your behalf, and help you decide when it might be time to file a lawsuit. As your claim moves forward, you’ll want representation you’re confident in.
Looking for a Lawyer?
At Lawyers.com, you’ll find a user-friendly search tool that allows you to tailor results by area of law and geography. You can also search for attorneys by name. Attorney profiles prominently display contact information, list topics of expertise, and show ratings—by both clients and other legal professionals.
Ready to Meet With a Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you can trust.
What to Ask a Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- document the extent of the damage
- calculate repair or replacement estimates
- gather and preserve evidence to support your claim, and
- communicate with insurance companies involved in the case.
- the lawyer’s experience with property damage cases like yours
- the lawyer’s familiarity with the local court system
- how often the lawyer goes to trial (as opposed to settling)
- who else will work on your case
- attorneys’ fees and other expenses related to your case (including contingency fees and how fees might increase as your case progresses)
- how long the case might take, and
- the lawyer’s initial impressions of your case and options.