How to Choose a Car Accident Attorney
Milwaukee Personal Injury Law Firm on What to Look for in a Lawyer
When you take to the roads around Milwaukee, you never know what you’re going to have to deal with. From car-killing potholes in spring to clueless drivers speeding down the freeway in the wrong direction, the potential for disaster is always high.
Unfortunately, no matter how defensive a driver you are, accidents happen. One minute you’re sitting at a red light, thinking about the day ahead, the next you’re realizing the loud bang and the massive jolt you just felt came from an inattentive driver slamming into the back of your car.
Whether someone told you “You should get an attorney for this” or you came to that conclusion on your own, hiring an attorney to represent you for auto accident injuries and damages is well-advised. Too often, unrepresented accident victims end up settling with insurance companies for far less than they should. Having an experienced attorney advocating for your best interests makes all the difference. No one fights harder or wins bigger than Warshafsky Law.
Everyone knows how to find an attorney—just type the words “best car accident attorney Milwaukee” into any online search engine. Choosing an attorney, however, is a bit more difficult. It’s worth getting it right, though, because who you choose to represent you is one of the biggest factors in how your case turns out.
Obviously, a personal referral is one of the best ways to make sure the attorney you hire is going to do everything possible to ensure adequate restitution is made. But if you don’t know someone who can recommend an attorney, you need to do some research and meet with prospective attorneys in person.
Here are some things you’ll want to look for beyond the reviews as you consider who to hire:
Four Key Things to Look for in an Auto Accident Attorney:
It’s one thing for a law firm to talk about how they’ll do their best for you; it’s another to have a proven track record of success. The personal injury attorneys of Warshafsky Law not only talk the talk, they walk the walk.
Our long history of fighting for victims of drunken and distracted drivers, as well as faulty manufacturing, is well-known in Wisconsin legal circles. Many of our cases ended with Society Changing Judgments, where the awards are so punitive that entire industries have been coerced into making changes so no one else can ever be similarly injured.
Consider, too, Warshafasky Law literally wrote the book on personal injury trials: the massive “Trial Handbook for Wisconsin Lawyers.”
You need a fighter on your side. Someone who’s willing to take your case before a judge and jury and let them know the full weight of the injustice you’ve suffered. Someone who’s not timid about nailing the defendant to the wall.
You do NOT need an attorney who will tippy-toe into settlement meetings with fat cat lawyers from the opposing side’s insurance company and sell you down the river, then give you the “move on with your life” speech. Certainly, there are times when a settlement is fair and well-advised, but such offers are rarely made when there’s no reason to believe an attorney will actually take a case to court.
No one is afraid of a dog that never bares its fangs, and the same holds true for lawyers who never take a case to court.
Litigating a car accident case is expensive. There are depositions to be taken, expert witnesses to be located, contacted and consulted with, motions to be filed and responded to, transcripts to be ordered, copied and sent out… the list goes on and on.
Point being: If you’re considering hiring a lawyer who’s a one-man operation, don’t. The high-dollar legal teams working for the insurance companies you’re up against will bury him in paper so fast he won’t know what hit him. As the saying goes: “Game over.”
While the lawyer or law firm Uncle John used when he sold his house may have done a great job, an auto accident lawsuit is an entirely different beast. You need a law firm with serious legal bona fides behind it—especially if you are looking to recoup big medical bills.
Fire in the Belly
Every law firm hoping to land you as a client will give you a spiel about how vigorously they’ll fight for you. The reality, though, is most law firms are “sign and settle” shops with little interest in keeping a case on their files more than a couple of months.
For these “sign and settle” firms, it’s much more profitable to cut a deal with the opposing side’s insurance company, have you sign off on it, then move on to the next case. Warshafsky Law doesn’t play that game. Never has and never will. We built our reputation on standing up for accident victims and the so-called “little people” who all too often end up holding the short end of the stick.
Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than turning the tables on the high and mighty, and while our objective is always to get the most money possible for our clients, the broader goal is to see justice done.
Free Initial Consultation and No Fees Until Your Case Is Resolved
You read right! Warshafsky Law offers a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Milwaukee auto accident lawyers. It’s an opportunity to ask questions, get answers and, hopefully, get a feel for whether you’d want us working for you.
You can leave your checkbook at home, because if you choose to let us represent you there won’t be any retainer fee or monthly fee for our work. Only after your case has been resolved and you have received compensation do we ask for our payment.