Insurance companies rarely offer the maximum settlement amount. If you get an offer in the mail, don’t deposit it quite yet. Meet with our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers first to see if you can get more.
Don’t trust “settlement mill” personal injury law firms. Some lawyers take that first lowball settlement offer so they can crank out as many cases as possible, as fast as possible, and pocket their cut.
You can get free, no-risk legal representation. What? Really? With Warshafsky, the answer is yes. We offer free consultations, fully fund your case until the very end with no monthly bills or retainer fees, and have a no-fee until you win policy. We only get paid after you get your compensation.
What to look for in a personal injury attorney
With all that in mind, how do you make sure you choose the right lawyer? So often, people who have suffered a personal injury are so emotionally distraught and physically challenged they end up being easily smooth-talked into hiring an attorney who doesn’t have their best interests at heart.
Frequently, the law firm they choose to represent them is more interested in getting a quick settlement from the insurance company and taking their cut than they are in getting the highest possible compensation for their client’s injuries. Choosing the right attorney and law firm for your claim makes all the difference. To help guide you through the process of hiring legal representation for your case, we offer here a few tips on what to look for in a personal injury attorney.
Look for an attorney/law firm with experience in personal injury law
The family attorney who helped with your will or the sale of your house might be a fine attorney, but will be entirely outgunned in a personal injury lawsuit. The insurance companies you will be going up against have the financial clout to hire the very best legal minds – yes, “minds” plural, as in an entire team of attorneys. You need an attorney/law firm with extensive experience in litigating for plaintiffs in personal injury cases.
Warshafsky Law literally wrote the book on trial law in Wisconsin – the Trial Handbook for Wisconsin Lawyers. We have been representing personal injury cases for over 60 years and have a long history of securing record-setting judgments in all types of personal injury cases.
Look for a firm with resources
When pursuing legal action to recover for damages due to another party’s negligence, you will be up against some well-funded insurance companies. These companies hate losing money to injury claims and will mount a vigorous defense to minimize any liability. You need a law firm with the resources to stand up to them – a firm willing to do the legwork and the research to find evidence proving negligence.
At Warshafsky Law, this means having full-time investigators and researchers on staff. It means having attorneys with extensive medical experience, even attorneys who have worked for insurance companies in the past.
Look for a proven history of success
You may come across firms that boast of taking hundreds of cases to court. Sounds impressive, but how many did they win? Similarly, you may hear firms boast of having settled hundreds of cases. They’re nothing more than “settlement mills” – quick to accept a payout from an insurance company, take their cut and move on to the next hapless plaintiff. Not your best choice.
What you need is a law firm with an actual history of winning highly contested cases in court and getting the best possible results for its clients. Few law firms today are willing to go all out like this for their clients. It’s just easier to cut a deal with the insurance company. At Warshafsky Law, we prepare every case as if it will go to trial. The result has been record-setting, society-changing judgments in hundreds of cases.
Look for aggressive advocates
You want tough lawyers on your side – attorneys who will go after insurance companies and not back down. When faced with the prospect of a jury trial, an insurance company will usually make overtures for a settlement. Nothing puts an insurance company in a generous mood than the risky proposition of taking a case to court against a law firm with a history of winning huge settlements in jury trials. Warshafsky Law has a long and storied history of going up against fatcat insurance companies and winning big for our clients. Unleash us and let us do the same for you.
8 tips for winning your personal injury case in Wisconsin
Be honest with your attorney
Tell your lawyer everything - the good, the bad, and the ugly. The more transparent you are with your lawyer, the better able they are to represent and defend your case in court. Hiding facts from them only hurts you.
Do not talk without legal advice.
If you are being questioned by lawyers or insurance companies, don’t say a word. One verbal slip can cost you your whole case. Wait until you have found an experienced attorney to communicate on your behalf.
Plan for every outcome
Not every case can hit the jackpot. The outcome of your case depends on a multitude of unique factors. Before going to court, have a plan for what outcomes you are willing to accept.
Have a strong medical testimony
In personal injury lawsuits, the word of a trusted medical expert can make or break the case. Finding a reputable doctor to take your side in court is a major step towards winning your case.
Evidence is essential in court. Take pictures, get things in writing, and save any relevant documentation. You can never have too much evidence, but you can have too little.
Have a team mentality
You and your lawyer are a team. Throughout your lawsuit, you will need to trust one another to do what is best for the greater good. With mutual trust and good communication, victory becomes much more attainable.
Make sure you are ready to commit
Before taking on the challenge that is a lawsuit, ask yourself if you can handle it. Lawsuits take time and can be mentally, physically, and emotionally draining. For some people, the time, stress, and effort required to win in court may not be worth the potential payout. Only you can know if a legal battle is worth it to you.
Pick a good attorney
Perhaps the most important part of your entire personal injury case is picking who will represent you. Do your research and find a firm that shares your values and is willing to do the hard work on your behalf. When people choose their Wisconsin personal injury lawyer based on the endorsement of a football player or actor, they risk choosing an attorney who has not seen a courtroom for years. Settlement mills forward your paperwork and take a cut of your damages. Insurance companies know Warshafsky's reputation. They HATE when you choose us. Insurance companies know: it IS about the money.
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