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Were you injured in an accident and need compensation? Every year, thousands of people are injured in Wisconsin car accidents, and thousands more are injured due to falls and dog bites. With the rising cost of medical care, it is easy to fall tens of thousands of dollars into debt, especially if you are too injured to quickly return to work.

A Chilton personal injury lawyer can help. One of our attorneys can swing into action to help you navigate the insurance process and obtain the compensation you need.

Meet Our Team

The attorneys at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald bring their unique experiences to each case, but all attorneys have a firm grounding in the law that allows us to cut to the heart of each case we take.

Our attorneys have broad experience in the following areas:

  • Truck accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Slip and fall
  • Dog bites
  • Wrongful deaths

We can identify who is to blame for your accident and the amount of compensation that you might receive.

Understanding Liability

To receive compensation, you will need to prove that someone else is responsible for your injuries. For example, if you were involved in a car accident, you must identify the person who hit you and explain that they did not drive with ordinary care. It isn’t enough that you were hurt; instead, you also need to prove that someone else was negligent or reckless to receive compensation.

Establishing liability depends on the facts of the case. If you fell in a store, then you must show that the store owner did not keep the premises reasonably safe. As an example, you might have slipped because the carpeting was completely worn out, making the floor slick. The more evidence you have of the hazard that caused you to fall, the better.

Liability is sometimes in dispute. For example, if you were in a sideswipe accident, it might not be clear who hit who and which party is at fault. Hiring an attorney to argue your case is extremely beneficial.

Comparative Fault

In some states, a victim cannot sue for compensation if they contributed in any way to their accident. This is called a contributory negligence bar, and it is very severe. Fortunately, Wisconsin does not have this rule. Instead, our state operates under a “comparative fault” system that is a little more forgiving to injured victims who may be contributed to their accident in some small way.

Essentially, Wisconsin will allow you to sue for compensation so long as you are not more at fault for the accident than the other party. In practice, this means you can be up to 50% responsible—but not 51%. If you were more responsible than the defendant, you are barred from suing.

You can also see your compensation reduced by your percentage of fault. Let’s say you were struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway, but you also were listening to music and looking at your phone in the moments leading up to the collision. Because you weren’t paying attention, you might be 25% responsible. If your injuries are worth $100,000, then the most you can obtain is 75% of that, or $75,000.

Common Misconceptions about Personal Injuries

There is a lot of inaccurate information on the Internet about personal injuries, and we have heard some tall tales about this area of law. By meeting with an experienced Chilton personal injury attorney, you can receive accurate advice from a trusted legal professional.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions:

  • The driver who hit you is automatically at fault for the accident. Actually, you need to prove the driver did not operate their car with ordinary care. Now, in practice, it usually is the case that the driver who hit you will be at fault, but that’s not a legal rule. You still need evidence the other driver was negligent.
  • You should wait to bring a lawsuit since you gain a tactical advantage. Not true! In fact, Wisconsin has a statute of limitations that requires you to bring lawsuits in a timely manner. In most cases, you get only 3 years, sometimes less.
  • You should never settle. In reality, settling a personal injury lawsuit is often a sensible decision. You don’t run the risk of losing at trial and you can often receive compensation much faster. However, it is certainly true that you shouldn’t automatically accept the first offer of settlement, which is usually too low. Always meet with an attorney before accepting any settlement offer.
  • Lawyers cost more than they are worth. Actually, an attorney can help maximize the amount of compensation you receive. Do you really know how much your injuries are worth? In our experience, most people underestimate how much they should ask for in a settlement or lawsuit.

Instead of flying blind by representing yourself, reach out to a Chilton, WI personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.

The Hammett, Bellin & Oswald Advantage

An experienced personal injury lawyer can often make the difference between receiving a fair shake and between losing your case or settling for peanuts. With so much at stake, why take a risk hiring an inexperienced attorney or even representing yourself?

The lawyers at our firm have managed to obtain millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of injured victims in all sorts of accidents. We have handled some of the most challenging cases around and know how to pull together the evidence necessary to convince insurance companies to pay our clients. We are also unafraid to file a lawsuit in court, if necessary, to vindicate your rights.

If you have been injured, please contact us today. One of our personal injury attorneys in Chilton, WI can meet with you to review the facts of your case. Even better, we offer a completely free case evaluation where you can ask us any questions you have.

To get started, please call or send us an online message. You have no reason to delay.

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