When you are involved in an accident, you can be injured. An injury can take years off your life, keep you out of work, drastically reduce your quality of life, and saddle you with steep medical bills and other expenses. Victims of other parties’ negligence can pursue monetary compensation for their accident-related damages through personal injury claims.
When you are involved in an accident, your next step after receiving medical attention should be to start working with an experienced personal injury attorney in Fox Valley. Your lawyer can help you develop a well-supported personal injury claim to pursue the compensation you need to cover your losses.
Our team works with clients who have been injured in the following types of accident:
Additionally, our team works with individuals who have lost loved ones in accidents and are now seeking compensation for their death-related damages through wrongful death claims.
In an accident, you can suffer a variety of injuries. Some are immediately apparent and others develop later, sometimes because of the injuries you initially suffered. Immediate injuries you can suffer include:
Any other conditions you are at risk of suffering after your accident depends on the type of injury you initially sustained. For example, a dog bite can leave you facing a deep wound. If the bleeding is not stopped promptly, you can lose a significant amount of blood and potentially go into hypovolemic shock. The wound can also become infected, putting you at risk of developing sepsis, if it is not sterilized and treated properly.
You can be permanently disabled by an injury. A few examples of this type of scenario include suffering from cognitive impairment resulting from a traumatic brain injury and being permanently paralyzed by a spinal cord injury. It is also possible to face mental health conditions after being injured in an accident, like developing post-traumatic stress disorder because of the event or becoming depressed as you adjust to life with a permanent disability.
Through a personal injury claim, you can pursue compensation for:
The compensation you recover goes beyond your immediate financial needs. It can compensate you for the wages you will not be able to earn for the remainder of your career because of your injury-related disability and for the reduced quality of life, you suffered because of the emotional trauma of being injured in an accident.
Personal injury damages fall into two categories:
When you file a personal injury claim, the negligent party’s insurance provider calculates the value of your damages using the evidence you provide to support your claim and in the case of general damages, a multiplier based on the assessed severity of your injury and reduced quality of life. When you provide a sufficient amount of evidence to clearly illustrate your injury, your prognosis, and the extent of your damages, you improve your chance of securing a compensation settlement that covers all of your losses.
In Wisconsin, your final compensation amount may be reduced according to your level of fault in the accident. This premise is known as contributory negligence. Under this law, a partially at-fault personal injury claimant’s compensation figure is reduced by the same amount of the percentage he or she holds. For example, an individual seeking $100,000 worth of compensation who is deemed to be 30 percent at fault for his accident can only recover up to $70,000. If you are deemed to hold 51 percent or more of the fault for your accident, you cannot recover any compensation for your damages.
Your personal injury lawyer is your advocate. When you are recovering from an injury, you need to be focused on your physical and mental recoveries, not your financial recovery. Your financial recovery is your lawyer’s job. His or her role involves:
The sooner you start working with a lawyer after your accident, the better equipped he or she is to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your losses. The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in Wisconsin is three years from the date of the accident. If this time period expires, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation for your losses.
If you were injured in an accident you did not cause, or even an accident you partially caused, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your related damages through a personal injury claim. Learn more about your rights and legal options as an injured victim during your initial legal consultation with one of the experienced personal injury lawyers on our team at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC. Contact our office today to set up the consultation and get started on your personal injury claim with us.