Madison Work-Related Injury Lawyers
At Stafford, Neal & Soule, S.C., we have built a record and reputation as one of the most prominent Wisconsin law firms representing injured workers in workers' compensation cases. If you are in the process of choosing an attorney, consider the following facts about our firm:
- Our three Wisconsin workers' compensation attorneys have more than 95 years of combined experience representing workers and their families.
- Attorneys John D. Neal and David L. Weir regularly advise the labor union representatives on the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, which negotiates changes in the state's workers’ compensation law every two years.
- John D. Neal is a coauthor of the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Handbook, the book that judges and attorneys throughout the state trust.
- John D. Neal has been included in every edition of Wisconsin Super Lawyers since 2006, an honor only extended to 5 percent of the attorneys in the state.
- We have been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than 10 years and have achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating for professional excellence and ethics.
Our attorneys have the experience to help you get the medical treatment, lost wages and other benefits you are legally entitled to after a workplace injury. In addition, we also handle Social Security disability claims for clients who have become unable to work.
Long-Established Advocates for the Injured and Disabled
In 1976 Margaret Stafford left her job as an administrative law judge with the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Division, and started a law firm. From the beginning, the firm (which later became Stafford and Neal SC, and now Stafford, Neal & Soule, S.C.) has been committed to providing a high level of service to injured workers in claims for Wisconsin workers’ compensation. Soon after, claims for Social Security Disability/SSI were added. Since then, the firm has limited itself exclusively to those two areas of practice.
The firm grew. John Neal joined the firm in 1981, Greg Meyer (retired) in 1985. Helen Schott (retired) in 1991, Chuck Soule in 2004, and David Weir in 2007. Margaret retired in 2010.
Throughout the years, the firm has formally represented over 10,000 injured workers. Of those claims, over 95 percent have resulted in successful outcomes, either after formal hearing or by negotiated agreement. And for every injured worker the firm represents, the firm gives advice and information on an informal basis to several more, by telephone or face-to-face meeting, at no cost to the client. From the beginning, the firm has elected to provide legal services to clients even if their claims were small. The lawyers at Stafford, Neal & Soule, S.C. understand that in the long run, a client who is pleased with our service on even a small claim is very important to the success of the firm.
The lawyers at Stafford, Neil & Soule, S.C. pride ourselves on the degree of direct, face-to-face contact with our clients. Our belief is that unless we spend significant time listening to and understanding our clients from the beginning of our relationship, we cannot expect them to listen to our advice as the claim progresses. When you call us, you will not need to identify yourself or explain the reason for your call to our staff. Your call will be immediately directed to your lawyer.
In its early years, the firm represented clients throughout the state, from Milwaukee to LaCrosse, from Beloit to Superior. Now the firm’s clients tend to be from the southern half of the state.
The firm shares its knowledge of Wisconsin workers’ compensation law and practice with other lawyers in the state though speaking at workers’ compensation seminars. We created and now update the Workers’ Compensation Handbook used by lawyers throughout the state and cited in published court decisions. Lawyers with the firm also speak to physicians and labor organizations, and advise the Labor members of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council as they negotiate changes in the law every two years.
John, Chuck and David appreciate very much the opportunity to assist injured workers, whether on a formal or informal basis, at what can be very difficult times in their lives. We try to give our clients service at the high level that Margaret Stafford established more than 35 years ago.
For a free consultation with an experienced attorney, call us today at 608-251-6045 or send us an email. If it is necessary for you to visit our office in person, we are able to meet on evenings and weekends by appointment.