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The following are questions we frequently encounter when meeting with our clients as they begin their search in choosing an attorney. We hope you find them useful. Please contact us if you have questions we can help answer.

What types of cases does your office handle?

We only handle serious personal injury and death cases. Furthermore, we specifically focus on lung injury cases due to asbestos.

Should I retain a Wisconsin or Illinois personal injury attorney as opposed to an attorney from another state or an internet or television attorney/law firm that claims to handle cases from all across the United States?

Yes, you should have an in-state attorney. It is in your best interest to be represented by an attorney who is familiar with the laws, judges and doctors of your state. In addition, an in-state attorney may already have evidence and information regarding your workplace. Penn Rakauski has collected significant documents and evidence regarding asbestos at Wisconsin and Illinois job sites.

We cannot stress how important it is to any potential claim you may have that you carefully question a prospective law firm about your claim and current Wisconsin or Illinois law. Many website-based or TV-ad based law firms will take your case as well as hundreds from around the country. You may have an initial meeting with a lawyer from the out-of-state firm, but generally the firm will refer your case out to a local Wisconsin or Illinois attorney.

What is wrong with this out-of-state approach?

Potentially a great deal as the out-of-state law firms may may not understand Wisconsin and Illinois laws and in their haste to take on your case they make quick, uninformed decisions based on lack of experience in Wisconsin and Illinois that can adversly affect your case.

Great care should be taken when choosing an attorney, especially if the attorney is not licensed in Wisconsin or Illinois and you reside or worked in either state.

What type of matters have you handled professionally in the past?

We concentrate on cases involving individuals affected by asbestos. Steven Penn and Jill A. Rakauski are both licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois. Penn Rakauski has also handled cases in other states where the client formerly lived and worked in Wisconsin or Illinois.

See the profiles page for more information.

Is there a fee or charge for my first consultation?

No, initial conversations and consultation are free with no obligation whatsoever.

How do you charge?

Penn Rakauski, like all asbestos law firms, nearly always works on a contingent fee. Personal injury attorneys in Wisconsin and Illinois frequently use a contingent fee contract under which the firm only gets paid if you receive recovery. The contingent fee is a percentage fee of whatever recovery you may have in your case.

Do you receive referrals from other attorneys?

Yes, numerous law firms from throughout the country refer Wisconsin and Illinois based cases to our law firm because of our expertise, past success and extensive private library of evidence.

How much time do I have to decide?

This depends on the statutes of limitations, a legal deadline that might apply to your situation. It is in your best interest to contact us as soon as possible because once your statute has run out, you are no longer eligible to file a claim. The statutes depend on the kind of case you may have, and are different from state to state.

What if my loved one has already passed away from an asbestos-related disease?

A claim can usually still be made on behalf of the estate within a certain time period to help with medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A separate claim can be made by the spouse or children of the deceased individual for the loss of society and companionship. It is important that you contact Penn Rakauski as soon as you can to be able to determine the time limitations.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us.

927 Main St., Racine, WI 53403-1524 • Phone: 262 636-0036 • Fax: 262 636-0030 • Toll Free: 1-888-LUNGLAW (888-586-4529)
 
Penn Rakauski presents information on this web site for informational purposes. While the information on this site is about legal issues, it is not legal advice. Moreover, due to the rapidly changing nature of the law and medicine, we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or at other sites to which we link. No attorney client relationship is created simply by sending an email or a question to our offices. Although this website is viewable to all internet users Penn Rakauski is only licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois and is not seeking to practice law in other states although it may seek to work with licensed attorneys in other jurisdictions on litigation matters.