Most automobile, motorcycle or truck accident victims have never needed to hire an attorney. When unpaid medical bills, car repairs and lost time at work start adding up, how do you find the best personal injury lawyer? A good personal injury lawyer will help you get everything you deserve. When choosing a personal injury attorney, keep these five tips in mind.
1. Choose a lawyer that specializes in personal injury cases
We’ve all heard the saying “jack of all trades, but master of none.” That saying applies to some attorneys who claim to be a personal injury lawyer. Some attorneys dabble in personal injury cases and have very little experience with injury lawsuits. These lawyers are also handling divorces, wills, real estate transactions and criminal cases. Other lawyers dedicate their entire practice and support staff to the needs of accident victims.
Hiring a law firm that only handles personal injury cases will help maximize your compensation and guide you through the insurance claims process.
2. You deserve a lawyer, not a hustler
Unfortunately, some law firms in Wisconsin use investigators and other non-lawyers to “hustle” personal injury cases. Often, these law firms never tell the accident victim that the first meeting will be with an investigator or paralegal, not with the personal injury lawyer who will handle the case.
Why hire a lawyer that doesn’t respect you enough to attend your first meeting? Always ask if your first meeting will be the personal injury lawyer. If you don’t get a straight answer call a firm that will guarantee your first meeting is with a personal injury lawyer. If your lawyer won’t sit down and discuss your claim at a first meeting, what are the chances that you will have good communication with that lawyer as your case goes forward? Hire a personal injury law firm that cares enough about you to have the personal injury lawyer make time to meet with you from the very beginning.
3. Two heads are better than one
Hiring a larger personal injury law firm assures that you will get the benefit of a team of lawyers and other professionals to work on your case. A smaller law firm just doesn’t have the same resources and experienced people to help you. With a larger personal injury law firm, you benefit from a team of experienced professionals with additional resources to make sure you get full compensation.
4. There is no substitute for experience
There is no substitute for experience when it comes to handling personal injury cases. If you have been involved in an accident, find a lawyer that has handled many similar personal injury cases in the past.
It is also important that the law firm has successfully represented people who have been involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents or collisions involving commercial trucks. Each of these types of accidents present problems that an experienced personal injury lawyer can recognize and successfully handle.
5. Find a personal injury attorney with a solid reputation
Various websites provide verified client reviews of personal injury attorneys. Two of the most common and reliable websites are AVVO.com and Lawyers.com. Google and other search engines also provide client reviews.
It is helpful to look through a number of these reviews before deciding which lawyers and law firms to contact.
If you have been involved in an automobile, motorcycle or truck accident, you need a law firm that:
- focuses exclusively on personal injury lawsuits,
- has lawyers with good experience handling personal injury claims, and
- has a track record of satisfied clients.
When you work with one of Habush Habush & Rottier’s experienced personal injury lawyers, your needs come first. Our personal injury lawyers meet with all prospective clients themselves. You’ll get to know your lawyer from day one.
Let us help you fight for what’s right. Contact a personal injury attorney today to learn how we can help.
Attorney Joseph M. Troy
Joe Troy is a Shareholder with the Firm. Joe had a long and distinguished career as a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge and Chief Judge, before returning to private practice with Habush Habush & Rottier in 2007. Joe’s practice is dedicated exclusively to helping people who suffered personal injuries in accidents caused by other people’s carelessness and negligence. He has successfully recovered multi-million-dollar results for his clients in jury trials and settlements, but he has also helped hundreds of people with much smaller claims.
In 2018 he was named Personal Injury Attorney of the Year by Best Lawyers®. In 2004 he was named Wisconsin Trial Judge of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates. Joe is Wisconsin’s first attorney to receive these distinctions as both a judge and attorney. Joe uses his unique experience as both a judge and attorney to help people who have suffered injuries which disrupt their lives, jeopardize their financial well-being, and impacts the lives of their loved ones.