No one wants to need a Wisconsin personal injury attorney, but sometimes people get involved in disputes over accidents, insurance claims, property damage, or other issues of everyday life, and they need help. Despite all of the myths, misconceptions, and jokes, in the end, personal injury attorneys are there to help. However, before an attorney can help you resolve your problem, you have to choose one. Even choosing an attorney can be a stressful process. There is no one BEST lawyer. Shopping for legal assistance is a lot like shopping for something simple like clothing. When you shop for clothing, you consider many factors: quality, price, style, color, etc. But in the end, if you don’t LIKE the clothes, or if they make you uncomfortable, then no matter how stylish they are, no matter how inexpensive they are, no matter how high-quality they are, they aren’t a good purchase. You also need to be comfortable with your law firm. When shopping for an attorney, here are some things to consider.
Can I Afford A Lawyer?
A lot of people ask this question, and a lot of people allow themselves to be taken advantage of because they believe that they cannot afford a lawyer. The problem is, sometimes they don’t even look into it, to find out whether they can afford one.
Here in Wisconsin, a personal injury lawyer is required to tell you up front that you have a choice in how you pay your attorney. You can hire a lawyer at an hourly rate, or you can hire him or her on a contingency fee basis. In a nutshell, a contingency fee is an agreement that an attorney will work hard for you, and that IF you recover compensation from the case, you will pay a certain pre-arranged percentage of that money to the attorney. In this arrangement, if you recover nothing, you pay no attorney fee. So ultimately, the real question may be whether you can afford NOT to hire a lawyer.
How Do I Choose an Attorney?
There are many ways to find an attorney. Sometimes a good way to start is to ask your friends and relatives. The right attorney for your friend may not be the right one for you, but it’s a good place to start looking. Of course, you can search the internet, or look through the phone book. Look at the information that they have to offer. Try to find lawyers whose area of expertise seems to match up with your needs. Then contact a few and set up consultations. Most Milwaukee personal injury lawyers will give you a free consultation.
When you meet with an attorney, give them as much detail as you can about your situation. In order to help you, a lawyer will need to be privy to some very personal information. You and your lawyer need to be able to be completely honest with each other. If you don’t feel comfortable with a lawyer, then he or she isn’t the right lawyer for you. After meeting with a few attorneys, pick one with whom you are personally comfortable, and who you feel good will work hard for you, but will also be honest with you.
If you need a lawyer, contact the Wisconsin personal injury law firm of Jastroch & LaBarge. We have aggressive, experienced attorneys in a variety of practice areas who can help you recover the compensation you deserve. No one should have to face financial hardship because of the negligent behavior of someone else. For more information, and to receive your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION contact Jastroch & LaBarge at (877)558-5855.