The days and weeks after an accident are a confusing time. In addition to receiving medical care for your injuries, you might be struggling to return to work while having to juggle filling out many different insurance forms. Many accident victims report feeling overwhelmed.
Fortunately, we can help. By hiring an experienced Shawano personal injury lawyer at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, you can focus on your recovery while we fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do You Accept?
Our lawyers have practiced personal injury law for decades and have extensive experience with all kinds of cases, including:
We have also developed experience in certain types of injuries, including:
These injuries can prevent our clients from returning to work and can seriously diminish their quality of life.
Can I Really Afford You?
We realize that money is tight—especially after an accident that is costing thousands of dollars (or more) in medical treatment. You might be unable to work, which only adds to the stress. However, an experienced personal injury attorney is definitely affordable.
At our firm, we represent personal injury clients on contingency, which means you pay absolutely no attorneys’ fees upfront. Instead, you agree that we will take a percentage of your settlement or, if you go to court, your jury verdict. Contingency fee agreements are also known as “no win, no fee” agreements because your lawyers will not receive any fees if they do not win your case.
With a contingency fee agreement, you get the benefit of a world-class attorney in your corner for no upfront cost. Your attorney also has an incentive to work as hard as possible to win your case, since he or she will not receive anything if you lose.
I Don’t Remember what Happened; Will that Be a Problem?
Some injured victims don’t remember the incident that injured them, either because they have suffered brain trauma or because they are blocking a painful and shocking event. Although it is an advantage if you remember what happened, you can still build a case for compensation by relying on other evidence.
For example, in our experience, the following can prove helpful:
If you were in an accident while riding in your car, you also shouldn’t have it repaired until an attorney can look it over. Damage on the car can yield important information about the angle of the crash, which can help establish who is to blame for the collision.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
Wisconsin’s statute of limitations lays out the amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit. Generally, Wisconsin statute § 893.54 gives you 3 years to bring a personal injury lawsuit. The clock starts running from the date you know you are injured. If you are suing for wrongful death based on a car accident, you have 2 years.
There are some minor exceptions to the statute of limitations, but you shouldn’t try to guess whether you qualify for one. Instead, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to review your case. If necessary, a lawyer can quickly file a lawsuit in an appropriate court to protect your rights.
Failing to sue in time could prove disastrous. A judge can dismiss your case, which will leave you without a legal remedy. Also, an insurer has little incentive to settle with you if the threat of a lawsuit is no longer hanging over its head.
Why Should I Settle?
Settling a lawsuit has many advantages. For one, you can avoid the stress of trial, in particular the need to testify. You are already feeling enough stress dealing with your injuries.
Second, you don’t need to risk going to court where you could end up losing and receiving nothing. Although we only represent people with strong cases, the fact is that juries are unpredictable. Some might vote against you even though you have solid evidence the defendant is to blame. By settling, you guarantee yourself some compensation.
Third, settling is often faster than going to trial. Many trials take a year or more from start to finish. In the meantime, you will be responsible for continuing to pay your everyday bills, along with medical care for your injuries.
What Is the Average Personal Injury Settlement?
We don’t know. We only know how much our clients settle for, which isn’t really helpful information since every case we have handled is so different. Many different factors go into determining a fair settlement, such as:
Let’s look at these. Your economic losses include things like medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. You can usually receive 100% of the costs.
Non-economic losses are harder to calculate. Things like physical pain, suffering, emotional anguish, and diminished quality of life warrant compensation under Wisconsin law. However, how much can you really receive? An experienced attorney has a better sense of how much jurors will award. Generally, more permanent or disfiguring injuries garner larger awards.
Your own shared responsibility for the accident also matters. You cannot be more responsible than the defendant. However, even if you were less culpable, the amount of money you receive gets reduced. As an example, a motorist might suffer $100,000 in economic and non-economic losses, but she is 50% to blame. In this example, she can only receive $50,000. If she were 35% to blame, then she could receive $65,000 maximum in compensation.
Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer in Shawano Today
If you have been injured in an accident, or if someone you care about has, contact Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, today. Our team has represented many people in Shawano and we are eager to add you to our client list.
Please contact us to schedule a no-risk, free case evaluation.