If you or a family member has gotten injured at work, during a car accident, or in a nursing home, getting fair compensation from your employer or insurance company may be a challenge. You may consider pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. But Wisconsin is home to many personal injury lawyers, so how do you know which one to choose? Some of the factors to consider are an attorney’s reputation, client reviews, and legal specialization.
At Boller & Vaughan, we know that there are many excellent attorneys who can help you with your injury case. The key is choosing a lawyer with the right experience and approach for your unique situation. That’s why we offer initial consultations that are completely free. It’s a perfect opportunity to discuss your case with our personal injury attorneys and see whether we’re the right fit.
Look for a lawyer with the right specialization
While all attorneys in Wisconsin must have a thorough knowledge of state and federal laws and pass the bar exam to practice, not every lawyer has the same expertise. Like professionals in many fields, attorneys specialize in niche areas and build their careers on certain types of cases.
While any licensed attorney can represent you in any type of case, it’s best to choose a lawyer with the right specialty. You wouldn’t want a family law expert handling a truck accident case, just like you wouldn’t necessarily want a personal injury attorney representing you in your divorce.
What kind of cases do personal injury attorneys handle?
Generally, personal injury lawyers handle cases involving injuries, especially those where the victim was not at fault (or not completely at fault):
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Dog bites and attacks from other pets
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
- Product liability
- Workers’ compensation and workplace accidents
At Boller & Vaughan, we have years of experience handling personal injury cases relating to workers’ comp, motor vehicle accidents, and animal attacks. We are also leaders in cases involving Wisconsin nursing home abuse.
Vet your candidates online
Once you’ve found several potential personal injury attorneys for your case, you can start doing some initial research. You want to look for a lawyer who has an excellent reputation among their clients and peers. It’s also a good idea to choose a professional who has years of experience working on personal injury cases.
Fortunately, the internet makes it easy to vet your potential legal representatives online. Look for attorneys who have lots of testimonials from prior clients. You should also be able to find the results from the firm’s prior cases, either on their website or in the Wisconsin legal archives.
Schedule a consultation to discuss your case
The next step is to have a conversation with the attorneys you’re considering. At Boller & Vaughan, your initial consultation is completely free. While the consultation gives you a chance to tell your story and learn about your possible legal options, it’s also your opportunity to determine whether the attorney is a good fit for you and your case. Here are some important questions to ask:
- What is your experience with similar cases?
- Will I need to go to court, or are there other settlement options?
- How would you handle my case?
- What outcomes are possible if I file a lawsuit?
- What will I need to do during the case?
- Which individual(s) in your firm will actually handle my case?
- How will you keep me informed during the case?
- What sort of evidence do I need to provide?
- What will my overall cost be (e.g. fees, contingency, additional expenses)?
You should feel free to ask any other questions that are important to you.
Be wary of red flags
There are some important red flags to watch for, which can indicate that a potential candidate isn’t a good choice:
- Unclear information about who in the firm will handle your case
- No clean plan for communication throughout your case
- Lack of online reviews or testimonials from previous clients
- A poorly designed or uninformative website
- Promises of a successful outcome without any qualifiers
- Aggressive behavior
In some cases, you may choose to not hire a certain attorney simply because their personality isn’t a good match for yours or because you didn’t feel comfortable during the consultation.
Find out if Boller &Vaughan is right for your case
At Boller & Vaughan, we have helped many Wisconsin victims and their families pursue fair compensation for motor vehicle accident injuries, nursing home abuse, and even wrongful death. We know the ins and outs of Wisconsin’s personal injury laws and can help you understand what legal options you have for your case.
We know how important it is to work with an attorney you’re comfortable with, so we offer a free initial consultation. We’ll listen to your story and help you figure out the next step. To get started, contact us online or call our Madison, Wisconsin, office at 608-268-0268. To learn more about personal injury lawsuits in Wisconsin, follow Boller & Vaughan on Twitter.