Accidents happen. When an accident results in an injury, the victim can face high medical bills, non-medical expenses related to the injury, and the costs of living with a long-term or permanent injury or disability like a reduced earning capacity and a reduced quality of life.
If somebody else’s negligence is the reason you are facing the expenses listed above, file a personal injury claim to pursue monetary compensation for those expenses, also known as damages. As an injured victim, you have this right.
Our team works with victims injured in the following types of accident:
Within these categories, we work with victims facing a variety of circumstances, like collisions with uninsured motorists and victims suffering from catastrophic injuries. We also work with families of victims killed in accidents to pursue monetary compensation for their damages through wrongful death claims.
There are many ways you can be injured in an accident. Types of injury you can suffer include:
Specifically, you can suffer one or more of the following injuries:
Many of the injuries you can sustain in an accident can have complications, additional conditions you can suffer because of the original condition. One example of this is excessive bleeding that leads to hemorrhaging after suffering a cut or a dog bite. Another is permanent paralysis due to a spinal cord injury.
Through a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for the following damages:
Your lawyer will work with you, your doctors, and any other parties who can provide relevant information to determine the long-term costs you are facing because of your injury. For example, if your prognosis shows that you will have limited use of your injured leg for the rest of your life, this will factor into your compensation settlement.
The first damages category is straightforward: it is all of your medical expenses, such as the cost of any procedures you receive, the medication you take, and the time you have to spend in the hospital. At first glance, your lost wages are fairly straightforward too: these are the wages you cannot earn while you are out of work recovering from your injury. In addition to this, though, the employment benefits you cannot receive and the advancement opportunities you miss because of the injury are also considered and covered in your settlement.
Your pain and suffering damages are your intangible damages. These include:
A personal injury lawyer is a personal advocate. While you focus on recovering physically from your injury, your lawyer’s job is to handle the legal heavy lifting involved in pursuing your claim. This involves:
Your lawyer can also keep your case on track and prevent it from exceeding the statute of limitations for your claim type. In Wisconsin, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, the period of time following the accident during which the victim may file a lawsuit to pursue compensation, is three years from the date of the accident. There are exceptions to this limit for specific types of cases, such as acts of medical malpractice where surgical equipment is left inside the patient after his or her procedure. Your personal injury lawyer in Green Bay can explain the statute of limitations to you in greater detail and discuss how extenuating circumstances, like the cause of your injury or when you discovered the injury, can affect it.
Your lawyer is also tasked with using available evidence to demonstrate that the accident was caused by the other party’s negligence, rather than your own negligence. In Wisconsin, injured victims cannot recover compensation for their damages when they hold a greater percentage of responsibility for their accidents than the other parties involved. In a case where it is not immediately clear who is more at fault, such as a collision between a driver who failed to yield properly and a driver who was speeding, the evidence a personal injury lawyer obtains and uses can make the difference between the victim recovering compensation and having to shoulder his or her entire financial burden out of pocket.
When you are suffering from an injury you sustained in an accident, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. The most effective way to pursue this compensation is with an experienced car accident lawyer in Green Bay. Contact our team at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office and learn more about pursuing the compensation you need to cover your losses.