Door County, Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer

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People are injured almost every day in Door County. Maybe they were driving down the road when someone slammed into them at an intersection, or they might have tripped and fallen when they entered a grocery store or coffee shop. These accidents leave victims in considerable pain and with mounting medical bills. At the same time, many victims cannot return to work as they nurse their injuries.

Have you been injured in an accident? If so, you might be entitled to compensation if someone else is responsible.  Please contact a personal injury lawyer in Door County, WI at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, for more information.

What Is Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law covers bodily injuries that people suffer because of the reckless or negligent conduct of another person. It is a big field of law, which includes:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Premises liability cases
  • Slip and falls
  • Wrongful deaths

At our firm, we have experience in all the above areas of law. The purpose of a personal injury claim or lawsuit is to receive compensation for your economic and non-economic losses, things like:

  • The cost of medical treatment
  • Income lost because of your injuries
  • Property damage caused by the accident
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

You should meet with an attorney to discuss how much your injuries might be worth.

What Is Negligence?

Most personal injury cases are brought because the defendant was insufficient careful, and their lack of care injured you. For example:

  • A motorist might not look in the mirror or over his shoulder before backing out, hitting someone in the process.
  • A store owner might not sweep up debris or mop up spilled liquids, and a customer slips and falls, injuring themselves.
  • A homeowner might not replace a rickety staircase, which collapses when a visitor tries to climb.

These are all examples of negligent conduct. In legal terms, you’ll need to prove four elements:

  • Duty. The defendant owed you a duty of care. Usually, your physical proximity to the defendant is enough. For example, a motorist owes those around him on the road a duty to operate his vehicle carefully so as not to injure them. A business owner owes visitors a duty to keep the premises safe as well.
  • Breach of the duty of care. You need to show the defendant’s conduct fell below the accepted standard. Someone who is tailgating or who runs a red light has obviously not acted carefully. A property owner who is aware of a hazard but doesn’t fix it or warn visitors has also breached their duty.
  • Damages. You need to suffer losses that a court can compensate you for. Bodily injuries that require medical care and cause pain and suffering qualify.
  • Causation. The defendant’s breach of care must have caused your injuries. Almost always, the causation is pretty direct. If someone rear-ends you and you suffer whiplash, there is a direct connection between the defendant’s actions and your injuries.

As an injured victim, you need to prove all four elements. If you are missing one, you don’t have a case. For this reason, “near-miss” accidents don’t usually qualify for compensation since you haven’t suffered any damages.

How a Door County Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Bringing a solid personal injury case is a lot of work. You will need evidence that shows who is at fault for your injuries and that they were negligent. It is not surprising that many defendants deny that they had anything to do with the accident or even blame our clients for their own injuries.

A personal injury attorney can develop a case properly so that the client can focus on what really matters—getting well. For example, at our firm, we can collect evidence by:

  • Visit the scene of the accident, if necessary, to take pictures.
  • Speak to witnesses who saw the accident.
  • Talk to your doctor to better understand your injuries and current limitations, which can impact the amount of compensation available.
  • Document your own memories about what happened during and after the accident.

We can also handle all communications with an insurance adjuster. It should be no surprise that many insurance companies are not eager to pay out a fair settlement, instead of trying to push responsibility for the accident onto our clients’ shoulders. However, we can effectively negotiate with even the most hard-nosed insurance adjuster for a fair settlement.

What You Should Do After an Accident

There are steps you can take to strengthen your claim to compensation after an accident. We recommend the following:

  • If you were involved in a car accident, call the police. An officer can fill out and file a police report, which is helpful.
  • Take pictures of all damaged vehicles. If you fell in a store, get a picture of the hazard that caused you to trip or slip. A picture really is worth a thousand words.
  • Avoid talking to an insurance adjuster, especially one who wants a recorded statement. You might say something you don’t really mean, which could be used against you. Instead, tell the adjuster to speak to your Door County personal injury attorney.
  • Never admit fault for the accident. Even an innocent, “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry!” sounds a lot like you are accepting blame for the accident.

Above all else, get the medical care you need for your injuries. It is possible to bounce back, but you need prompt medical treatment. If you aren’t improving, meet with another doctor for a second opinion.

Hire an Attorney Who Will Fight for You

This is a vital step. The fact is that no one has your back like your own lawyer. Insurance adjusters represent the insurance company, not you. Witnesses also have no skin in the game. The only person who will put your interests first is your attorney.

At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, we go the extra mile for our clients. If you would like to speak to a Door County, WI personal injury lawyer on our team, please reach out to us today. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation.

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