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Posted by Admin - July 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

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Personal Injury Lawyer’s Serving the Milwaukee Area

Find Justice with the right personal injury lawyer for your caseIf you have been injured as a result of another party’s malicious intent, negligence or carelessness, and you would like to receive proper compensation for the damages caused – it would be wise to consult with a personal injury lawyer.

The following is a run down of law firms and individuals that provide legal services and representation for Personal Injury cases within Milwaukee and surrounding cities in the state of Wisconsin:

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Attorneys at Law

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. is a well established law firm that maintains its head office in Milwaukee and several satellite offices throughout the state of Wisconsin. The firm has been practicing law for over seventy five years, covering cases on various types of personal injury. The firm currently has over thirty lawyers, nine of which are based in Milwaukee.

Their website, www.habush.com , provides a wealth of information about their services and achievements, as well as an online help desk that provides live customer support. Their Milwaukee office can also be reached by phone at 414-271-0900, or at their toll free number 800-242-7205.

Gruber Law Offices

Gruber Law Offices is another award winning law firm that caters to clients within Milwaukee. Located at Suite 1650, 100 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, they specialize in cases involving personal injury, accidents, slip and fall incidents, and wrongful death.

They also provide 24/7 online customer support on their website www.gruber-law.com . The firm offers its services under the contingency fee setup wherein a client is charged a pre-determined percentage of the total damages paid only if the case is won. The office phone number is 414-276-6666.

Hupy and Abraham, S.C.

Hupy and Abraham S.C. is a Milwaukee-based law firm that takes on personal injury cases involving vehicular accidents, wrongful death, slip and fall incidents, pharmaceutical class actions, and even animal attacks.

Their website www.hupy.com  provides details on the firm’s roster, client testimonials, and boasts a listing of recently won cases with their corresponding settlement amounts. They maintain several offices in Wisconsin, but their Milwaukee office can be reached at (414) 223-4800 , or toll free at (800) 800-5678.

Cannon and Dunphy

Cannon and Dunphy is another popular law firm providing personal injury representation within the state of Wisconsin. The take on cases for most types of personal injury including premises liability, food contamination and DUI related incidents. The firm claims to have the highest total amount of settlements within the state. Their highly reputable roster of experienced attorneys hold many recognitions and awards in their fields of practice. The firm provides free consultation and case assessment services.

They can be contacted via their website  www.cannon-dunphy.com  or via phone at 800-635-2468.

A quick search online should bring up a listing of the most prominent lawyers and firms that take on personal injury cases – but as a general rule when hiring people based on information taken from the internet, always validate information by doing basic background checks or by visiting their offices in person and checking for licenses and accreditations. Keep an eye out for so-called “ambulance-chasers” that seem to contact you soon after you get into an accident.

Posted by Admin - October 16, 2012 at 3:13 am

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Understanding What a Personal Injury Lawyer Really Does

A personal injury lawyer is a type of lawyer that legally represents someone who claims to have suffered a physical or psychological injury which was caused directly or indirectly by a person, company, agency, or any other type of grouped entity. They also handle cases wherein a plaintiff’s rights, reputation or property have been harmed. A personal injury lawyer’s expertise covers, but is not limited to: automobile or vehicular accidents, product malfunctions, medical malpractice, work related injuries, injuries caused by negligence or carelessness, and so on.  Although they also go to trials, oftentimes a personal injury lawyer can arrange for a settlement between the parties involved, saving them the trouble of having to go to court.

Certification is required for one to practice law as a personal injury lawyer. Most states require completion of a four-year college degree, a law degree, and a passing state Bar exam score. Some also require additional aptitude tests in ethics. To be a certified personal injury specialist however, the lawyer must meet certain standards in knowledge and experience, and complete a certification program honoured by the American Bar Association. For this reason, many personal injury lawyers choose to stick to this one specific area of law, in order to gain the knowledge and experience needed be a certified specialist.

Many personal injury lawyers provide free case analysis and consultation services. Once hired however, they become responsible for numerous tasks for their client such as providing legal advice, preparing legal documents, filing legal complaints, and representation in court – all of which must be presented with the utmost loyalty and confidentiality while working towards the client’s best interests.

A personal injury lawyer’s service typically begins with a detailed interview with the client in order to determine the nature of the case, the variables involved, and to bring out the root cause of the problem. The personal injury lawyer (or team of lawyers) will then conduct extensive research on the information provided by the client – the objective of which is to build a strong case ultimately meant to gain proper justice and adequate compensation for the damages inflicted upon the plaintiff. Once it is ready, the case is then presented to the defendant and his or her legal council for deliberation and possible settlement outside of court. If a settlement cannot be made, the personal injury lawyer may then take the client’s case to trial. All responsibilities of a personal injury lawyer must be practiced while adhering to the state’s legal code of ethics, and the lawyer must impart the same on his or her clients for the duration of their engagement.

Similar to other types of lawyers, a personal injury lawyer may work as an individual and practice on his own. The benefit of this set up is that the lawyer can provide undivided attention to the client, as a solo practitioner will take on fewer cases at the same time. Additionally, in this type of practice the lawyer is more willing to take on smaller cases compared to larger firms – and the cost of his/her services may be significantly lower than what a large firm would normally charge. On the other hand, a personal injury lawyer from a large firm will have more resources at hand, and is able to consult with the multitude of experts within the firm. Large firms often employ the most reputable legal practitioners, and bring a lot of experience to the table.

 

Posted by Admin - October 15, 2012 at 4:19 am

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Tips for Hiring the Right Personal Injury Attorney

Two businessmen shaking handsIf you have been injured by another person, organization, or any other kind of grouped entity, and have decided to press charges – you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer to for legal representation.  As with hiring any type of consultant, it would be wise to do a background check on your intended lawyer and the firm he or she works in before paying for their services.

The following enumerates what to consider when hiring a personal injury lawyer:

Basic Background Check

Do a basic background check on your intended lawyer through the internet. You can look up his or her name on the State Bar’s website to validate credentials. Beware of faked documents and so called “ambulance chasers” that contact you almost immediately after getting you get into an accident.

Free Case Assessment

Most personal injury lawyers provide a free initial consultation and case assessment, to clarify the parameters of the case and to give you sound advice on whether or not the case is actually viable. It is a lawyer’s responsibility to protect the best interests of a potential client, and they will be honest in reviewing your case.

Experience

The last thing you want is an inexperienced lawyer, especially when the parameters of the case are unclear and you are up against a reputable insurance company. Ask your potential lawyer how long he or she has practiced law. If it has been only for a year or so, then the lawyer might need to gain a bit more experience before taking on your case.

Previous Cases

Familiarity with the case helps a lot, and may save a lot of time in doing research and building a strong case. Ask your potential lawyer if he or she has handled cases similar to yours before, and whether those cases ended in his or her favour. You might also ask for a ballpark figure of how much a case such as yours might be worth, and how long proceedings for such a case might take before a disposition is reached. It would also be good to know if your potential lawyer works strictly on personal injury cases, or diversifies with other types of cases as well.

Cost

Try your best to understand every cost involved in hiring your potential lawyer before signing a contract. By default, the lawyer will charge a fee that is a certain percentage of the settlement. However this only account’s for the lawyer’s time spent on the case. During the course of your engagement, the lawyer may tap additional resources for doing research and preparation of legal documents. Such expenses will most probably be charged to you as well, so make sure to ask your potential lawyer about all possible costs beyond the basic fee.

Insurance

If medical bills for your injury have been covered by your personal insurance, you might have to reimburse these payments to the insurance company once you receive your settlement. Consult with your potential lawyer to help you get the most out of the settlement after paying for all medical bills.

Risk

No matter how strong your case may appear to be, there is no guarantee that you will receive a settlement. Additionally, there is no assurance that the settlement will be large enough to cover all your expenses. Beware of over-confident lawyers that guarantee a quick settlement and a large compensation. A good lawyer will lay everything out on the table and will discuss all the risks involved to give you a clear understanding of what you are getting into.  Use your personal judgement to decide for yourself how to move forward.

Time

Personal injury cases can take time to be resolved, especially when there are a lot of variables in play, or when similar cases in the past have gone both ways equally. While your potential lawyer may be able to give you a decent estimate, be prepared mentally, emotionally and financially for a longer engagement.

Use sound judgment, common sense and gut feel when selecting your personal injury lawyer. Remember to keep these pointers in mind when hiring your lawyer and you shouldn’t go wrong.

Posted by Admin - October 15, 2012 at 4:16 am

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How Much a Personal Injury Lawyer Costs

One of the first things that come to mind when deciding whether to hire a personal injury lawyer is cost. As in most fields of law, a personal injury lawyer usually charges a contingency fee – this means that a certain percentage of the settlement they recover for you will serve as their basic fee.

This also means that you can hire a personal injury lawyer without having to pay anything up front – as the expenses will come out of the settlement amount. A personal injury lawyer that takes your case in this setup will render his or her services to you without any type of remuneration until the case is resolved. If the lawyer is successful in obtaining a settlement, then he or she receives the contingency fee as agreed upon in your contract. Otherwise, the lawyer does not get paid for the work rendered. This is a risk that personal injury lawyers take, on the basis that they have reviewed your case and are confident that it can be won.

On top of the contingency fee, a personal injury lawyer will also charge a client for expenses incurred throughout the proceedings of the case. Such expenses may include amounts payed towards research and filing for your case, phone and other communication bills, and so on. Make sure you discuss all costs involved with your potential lawyer, so you can gain a clear understanding of what you should be paying for. As stated above, these charges are typically deducted from the settlement awarded.

The most common contingency fee applied by personal injury lawyers is 33.33%, or one-third of the total settlement amount. This percentage is deemed as fair by most states, but may be higher or lower depending on the law firm and the experience of the personal injury lawyer. You might expect a higher contingency fee when hiring a lawyer from a well established firm, and a possibly lower fee when hiring a solo lawyer with smaller resources and limited experience.

One thing to note when reviewing your contract with the lawyer, is whether case expenses are deducted from the settlement before the contingency fee is computed, or after. This can make a significant difference in the final amount you will receive. For example: if your lawyer wins a settlement of $300,000 with total expenses amounting to $50,000, then the contingency fee will be $100,000 if expenses are not deducted first – leaving you with $150,000 after case expenses are paid for. On the other hand, if expenses have been deducted before the contingency fee is computed, your lawyer will only receive $83333.33 as contingency fee – leaving you with $166666.66. Remember to ask your lawyer about this before you sign a contract.

Some law firms provide an option for an hourly rate as opposed to a fixed contingency fee. In this set up, a client pays the lawyer a fixed amount per hour rendered on the case, plus all expenses, no matter the outcome of the case. While this is considered normal and can be beneficial to the client if the case is settled quickly with a high compensation – be wary of lawyers that offer to take your case under this set up as it can be an indication that they are not confident that they can win.

Posted by Admin - October 15, 2012 at 4:11 am

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