Lawyers for the Injured

A Proven Team That Goes A Step Beyond

We are not a “paint-by-numbers” mega law firm that churns out settlements. Our law practice is geared to get the maximum compensation for you, through meticulous preparation, tough negotiating and, in many cases, skilled advocacy in front of a jury. You only get one chance at monetary damages and we make the most of it.

Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers in Wisconsin

How to Hire the Maeder Legal Team

Call Us and We Will Respond Immediately

The office telephone number is 715.842.2281.  The toll free number is 800.452.8580.  Our fax number is 715.842.1046.  Our receptionist is trained to get your necessary information so that if one of the Team is not at the office when you call, he will get back to you as very soon as possible.  This is true, not only the first time you call, but after you hire us as well.  This is our guarantee, we will return all calls with 24-48 hours whether we are in court, at a mediation conference, counseling a client or preparing a case.

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The Legal Team’s “NO COST” Pledge

Remember, the Maeder Law Firm has a solid reputation for over 40 years and a proven track record, if you don’t win we don’t get paid. This is our guarantee and sworn pledge.  We do all of our cases on a strict 1/3 contingent fee basis.  We, not you, pay the costs of the investigation, the depositions, the medical records, the experts’ fees for reconstructing the accident, the seeking out of witnesses and the cost for finding substantiating evidence and all other costs.  These costs have always been paid by the Firm over its many years of practice.  The Firm only gets these costs back when there is a settlement or decision, whether by a jury or court, in your favor and they are then deducted with no interest or other added charge.  This is done regardless of whether you have money or you have nothing and regardless of your occupation or whether you have never had a job.  This is true regardless of your age or station in life. This is true whether you are able or totally disabled.  This is the “Maeder Way” and everyone knows it.  The insurance company’s also know it.  They know the Firm will spare no expense to win and that we have the resources to do it. Maeder Law Firm No Cost Pledge

It Is Easy to Change Lawyers If You Are Not Satisfied with Your Present Attorney

With all of the advertising that personal injury lawyers do today it is easy to get mislead into hiring a “so-so” lawyer.  This is a lawyer or law firm that touts its great settlements or verdicts and uses “celebrities” or actors to define it.  They usually are headquartered in large cities, have loads of lawyers working for them and have multiple local offices.  They are dedicated to making money.  They have some good lawyers in the firm but your chance of getting one of these is slim to none. They have a tremendous monthly financial budget that must be met by constantly seeking new clients and by settling existing claims so they can finance the next months “rent”.  They excel in reducing you and your case to “just another number” and you usually feel the result of this attitude after the first 30 days with the firm.  Your calls are returned by a secretary or at best by an “investigator” or they are not returned at all.  Your questions about whether you should seek another doctor’s opinion, whether you should have the MRI suggested by your physician, you wonderment as to why your car damage has not been settled so you can get a replacement car, the pressure you feel from bill collectors because you can’t work are not getting answered nor are the problems being handled.  This kind of relationship has to be expected because the large staff of lawyers, except for the “rainmakers”, are not being compensated in a direct relationship to their dedication to excellence.  These “staff lawyers” quickly understand that they are also, along with you, “just another number”.  If they obtain a large settlement by hard work they still get the same pay and soon learn that they would rather spend the extra hours that excellence demands, doing other things than work.

 

This is not true of the Maeder Legal Team.  We are all involved in doing outstanding work all of the time and get paid accordingly.  We are resolute in demanding of ourselves the time to work on your case with individual attention so that no stone is unturned and no strategy is failed to be exploited.  We respond to your questions and we fix your problems during the time that you are waiting for the conclusion of your personal injury claim.  That is why we are rated in the top 5% of all of the personal injury firms in the nation by Martindale-Hubbell the most coveted award a law firm can achieve.

You Will Not Pay Twice

We understand that because of all the glitzy lawyer advertising you can easily hire the wrong lawyer.  After talking to your friends or loved ones you may have been told “you should have hired the Maeder legal team”.  This evidently happens often because we have clients contact us who have a lawyer but want to switch and hire us. The big question they all have is “will I pay twice?”  The answer is “no”.  We will make sure that your present lawyer will be paid out of the 1/3 retainer fee that we will charge.  The law provides a formula for dividing up the total fee between the two law firms so that the client only pays once.  In addition we will contact your present lawyer and arrange for the transfer of the file without any confrontation between you and your lawyer.  That way your prior lawyer will be compensated for his/her expenses as well as for the time he/she has spent on the case.  Often the prior lawyer is relieved that the Maeder Legal Team has taken the case over because they realize that they are “over their head” because of the complexities of the case and the law involved.  We find that in many cases the original lawyer has done nothing more than to notify the insurance company of the lawyer’s retainer and perhaps gathered a few medical records.  We find that there is very little information in the file,  no analysis of the real issues of the case and no communication between the lawyer and the client.  This changes as soon as we are retained.  The client is immediately informed as to the issues, the work that has to be done, the status of the medical treatment and what must be completed so that the case can move forward.  In other words, for the first time, the client feels connected and informed and know that the case in back on the legal highway to its ultimate destination, either a reasonable and fair settlement or a trial.  More than 90% are settled because of the Maeder Legal Team track record in the courtroom of winning.

Once You Have Retained Us, We Will Do the Heavy Lifting

The tragedy of a personal injury is not just the pain and suffering and physical disability it causes.  It is not just the anxiety and uncertainty that suddenly you must face as to your future.  It is not just the loss of income and added expenses caused by the crash.  It also is the feeling that you suddenly are in “deep water” and that you have lost your way and are dealing with issues that you are not prepared for.  You then hire a law firm and find out that your problems are now multiplied because that law firm is not keeping you up to date on what is happening to your case, that you have no idea when will it be over and what kind of settlement can you expect.  Actually no one seems to know the answer to the question: “what the Hell is going on?”.

Hire the Maeder Legal Team of Attorneys

We get this complaint about other law firms on a routine basis.  We suspect the complaints we get are just the “tip of the iceberg” because most injured persons feel trapped by the contract they have signed and that they are “locked in”.  This is not true.  You have the legal right to changed lawyers and we can make that happen with no pain to you.  After you retain us you will have the sense that we are taking care of you and your family.  That we know what your questions are before you ask them and you will get regular reports of what is coming up and how and when you will be prepared to perform your part of the case.  You will be prepared for a settlement conference or a mediation, you will be prepared for a deposition (sometimes necessary if suit if filed) so that you can comfortably and knowingly answer questions posed by the defense attorney about your claim before a court reporter.  We have attended thousands of depositions and know beforehand the questions by the insurance company will ask, so that you can craft your response so as to be accurate, honest and effective.  You will spend the time required before the deposition with the Team, so that you have the confidence that is necessary to do your part.

Statutes of Limitations Require That You Timely Settle or File Your Case

 

In Wisconsin the law requires that a personal injury case must be filed within three years of the accident.  There are some exceptions however this is the prevailing rule.  Other states however may have shorter limitations and it is important to know this. Also some types of claims have built in limits that require even quicker action on your part or the case is forever finished.  An example is a claim against a municipality or a state.  In those cases there is the requirement of written notice that must be filed and then there must be a claim filed within a certain time.  If the defendant driver is a Federal Government employee the time limits are very strict and unforgiving.  This can be devastating because you may not know that the man or woman that hit you was actually considered a Federal Government employee.  You wait for your injury to mature all the while the claim has expired because you or your lawyer have failed to comply with the Federal Tort Claim Act.  When you have an accident resulting in personal injury, see the Maeder Legal Team immediately.  Time is not on your side, it is always on the side of the insurance company. These restrictive time limits are, in some cases, as short as 90 days. We know the rules and we will comply with them so that you will not lose your claim because you or your lawyer was not diligent.  The law does not require that the insurance companies advise you of this maze of limitations that surround many types of cases and if you fail to comply you will be the loser.  In fact the insurance company will attempt to make you believe you have all the time in the world, all the while your case is actually going down the drain.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Are Not a Bar to Recovery

Many law firms refuse to take cases where the injured person has had the same medical problems before the accident as those sustained in the crash.  This is foolish.  Simply because you had a bad back before the accident from years of heavy work or perhaps because you have arthritis or a herniated disc does not mean you cannot successfully recover for those injuries you got from this collision.  The Maeder Legal Team will search and analyze your prior medical records by studying them and sometimes even contacting your prior doctors or chiropractors who treated you, to find those distinctive medical facts that explain the different nature of your present condition.  The law calls this an “aggravation of an existing condition or injury” and provides for compensation for that increase in your pain and suffering and disability, that can be proven.  And that is the catch, you must have a skilled group of lawyers who have the resources and time to get these records and to interview your prior medical professionals such as orthopedic specialists, chiropractors, physical therapists, counselors, neurologists and neurosurgeons to define the exact line between what you had before and what you now have. You have to have a law firm that can “prove it”. This means sometimes hiring an independent radiologist to examine your prior MRI or x-rays to find the small but critical difference before and after the crash that was missed by your regular radiologist who really did not spend the time to make a valid comparison or who was not motivated to do so. The Team knows that sometimes a pre-existing medical condition can actually make a person more vulnerable to further injury and have proven this many, many times in the past.

All Medical Professionals Are Not Equal in Ability or Integrity

There are some medical persons who have no empathy toward injured persons who make personal injury claims, this attitude is born either of a fear on their part that they will have to testify for their patient or because they get a large portion of their professional income from insurance companies and they don’t want to “bite the hand that feeds them”.  Regardless of the reason, the Maeder Legal Team knows who these professionals are and will cancel out their negative efforts by directing the client to an honest and capable person who will “call it like it is”.   You only get one chance to recover and these doctors and others who do the insurance company bidding are not licensed or privileged to do harm to their patients and must be stopped.  The Team will stop them in their efforts to undermine the client’s case.

In a recent case the insurance company lawyer tried to disparage the physicians who found out the real and significant cause of the clients pain and suffering after the client’s general physician either missed it or did not want to know.  The defense lawyer called these physicians despicable names implying incompetence and dishonesty.  The insurance company tried to intimidate the doctors and the Team, claiming that the Team referred their clients frequently to this medical group.  The attempt backfired against the defense lawyer and the insurance company he represented.  The Team proved that this medical group actually treated other law firm’s clients located in the same area, more than those of the Team.  It proved that these doctors were the best in their specialties and that is why the clients saw them, not through the Team’s effort, but simply because the client was informed and knew who to hire for the best medical result.   As a result of the Team’s motion to the court to stop this harassment and intimidation, the trial judge chastised the offending lawyer and ordered him to cease such conduct, which resulted in a substantial jury verdict to the client.  The Team is fearless and will not back down from anyone.  If they must go the extra mile to defend not only their client but the experts he has hired, they will do so without pause or hesitation.  This is what the Team does, they feel this is part of “who they are and what they do”.

Hire the Maeder Legal Team So That You Win

 

With the “no cost guarantee” and the proven track record of the Maeder Law Firm you know that your best chance to recover all the law allow is if you hire the Team.  We are men who have, since our youth, dreamed of becoming trial lawyers so that we can help people obtain justice.  Either because of our own unique family background or the fact that our parents were “just working folks” we have dedicated our lives to being the “best in the business”.  We have all worked our way through high school, college and law school.  We know what it is to go from pay check to pay check and to worry about what money there is to feed a family or pay the rent or mortgage.  We are not pompous or self-important nor do we think that lawyers or doctors are a big deal.  We think that lawyers and doctors owe a debt to those they serve at all times and that this is a trust that we cannot fail.  That if we don’t deliver each time the same high quality service then we have failed not only you and your family but our own perception of who we are.   We know that our wives and children hold us in high regard and that they love and respect us for our courage and dedication.   This is as important to us as what your opinion of us will be after it is all concluded.  We go to local basketball games and hockey games along with football and other events in our community and we hold our head high because we understand that those who know us are also proud of what we do and who we are.  We are fighters for justice and will always go the extra mile to make sure justice prevails.

At the end of each jury trial and after days and hours of listening to evidence and examining exhibits the jurors are instructed by the court as follows:  “Let your verdict speak the truth, whatever the truth may be”.  This is our motto but we add to it “and let justice always prevail.”  Hire the Maeder legal team and we will see to it that you win.