When should I call a personal injury lawyer?
If you have been injured, it makes sense to call a personal injury lawyer to find out what rights you may have. If you believe that your injury has been caused by another person or company, you may have a right to recover compensation for the injury. Although car accidents account for many personal injury claims, many other types of preventable accidents produce injuries that deserve compensation. Examples are: falls caused by snow, ice or a defect in a walkway or stair, work-place injuries caused by defective equipment or unsafe work practices, household injuries caused by defective consumer products, fires and electrical injuries, medical errors and defective medical products such as hip replacements and mesh implants, and sexual assaults. If you have any question about your potential rights following an injury, a call to a personal injury lawyer is essential. See More
When do I pay a personal injury lawyer?
Some personal injury law firms, such as GTW, do not charge for an initial consultation whether by email, phone, in-person or both. After the initial consultation, the next step is often an investigation of the claim and, most firms do not charge to investigate a possible claim. After a personal injury law firm has decided to bring your claim, the firm will most often work on a contingency basis. This means that there is only a fee due the law firm if the claim is successful in obtaining compensation. If there is no recovery of compensation, there is no fee. The fee is typically a percentage of the amount of the compensation obtained. The percentage can vary by the type of claim. In addition to fees, prosecution of personal injury claims requires a law firm to spend money for investigation, court fees, transcripts and obtaining records. Most often the law firm pays these costs to be repaid by the client when the claim is resolved whether by a settlement or jury verdict. Wisconsin requires that the fee and repayment of out-of-pocket expenses be agreed upon in a written fee agreement signed both by the client and law firm. See More
What should I bring with me to my meeting with personal injury lawyer?
You should bring all documents in your possession that are related to your injury. For example, with respect to auto accidents, you should bring a copy of the police or incident report, a copy of your automobile insurance declaration page, photographs of your automobile, photographs of your injuries, copies of medical records for treatment related to the accident, correspondence from the insurance companies, estimates and repair records and receipts for your automobile, receipts for towing and car rental, wage loss information and your health insurance card. During your meeting, we will make photocopies of all of your documents so that you can retain a copy for your records. We will also provide you with checklists for any other information that we may need from you. See More