In a split second, an accident can turn a life upside down. When you are injured in an accident, you shouldn’t have to worry about legal issues. You should focus on recovering. We can help remove the legal worries and get you the compensation you deserve.
We routinely meet with people who have been injured. We do not charge for this consultation. This meeting usually lasts between one and two hours. At this meeting, we give you an overview of the legal process and answer all your questions so that you can make an informed decision about hiring a lawyer.
When you contact us, there is no obligation that you hire us. Indeed, we prefer that you not hire us at the first meeting. We do not want you to feel pressured. We want you to take some time to think about the free information we will provide, and then make a decision. Beware of lawyers who push you to quickly hire them.
No Fee Unless We Win:
Most personal injury cases are handled on a “contingent fee” basis, which means that you pay us no fee for our services unless we collect some money for you. When you receive your money, you pay us a percentage of what we recover for you.
Hospital and Home Visits
We often meet with clients in the hospital or in their home if it is difficult for them to travel. There is no charge for us to visit you and no obligation that you hire us.
Most Cases Are Settled
Over 95% of all personal injury cases are settled without going to trial. However, in order to get a good settlement, your case must be prepared as if it will go to trial. Only by convincing the insurance company that you are ready, willing and able to go to trial will the insurer pay you a fair settlement. If they think you’re afraid to go to trial or not prepared to go to trial, they will give you a low-ball offer. Therefore, if you hope to get a good settlement, you need to hire an attorney who will prepare your case for trial and who has a reputation for taking cases to trial.
Injuries change lives. If you have been injured, find an experienced personal injury lawyer with an excellent reputation. Insurance companies know our reputation for winning, and as a result, we are often able to negotiate an excellent settlement without the need for a trial.
Avoid the “Personal Injury Mills”
Some firms, who advertise on TV and send out fancy brochures, handle personal injury cases like an assembly line: they bring the case in one door, pass it down an assembly line where a bunch of non-lawyers work on the case, and then push it out a settlement door. Clients have very little contact with a real lawyer.
This is not how we handle our clients or our personal injury cases. The lawyer you meet is the lawyer who will handle your case. When you have questions, your lawyer will be happy to answer them. When you call, your lawyer will call you back. Indeed, throughout the process, we want our clients to call us on a regular basis so that we can stay abreast of the client’s medical care and recovery, and so that we can keep the client fully informed of the status of the case.
All Types of Cases – big and small
No case is too big or too small. We handle almost all types of personal injury cases, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Semi Tractor Trailer Accidents
- Recreational Vehicle Accidents (ATVs, Boats, UTVs)
- Trip and Fall Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Store Accidents
- Machinery Accidents
- Farm Accidents
- Wrongful death claims
- Dog bite Accidents
- Defective Products a/k/a Product liability cases
- Water Park Accidents
- Hotel / Motel Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
Do you have questions about personal injury cases in Wisconsin? Look below for answers to frequently asked questions.
After you get home, you should do the following if you are able:
- If you saw a doctor in the ER, follow the doctor’s orders
- Promptly contact a doctor if you experience new symptoms or if your symptoms get worse
- Have someone help you get photos of the scene of the accident and the items involved in the accident (i.e., the vehicles, motorcycles, machinery, ATVs, etc.).
- Contact a personal injury lawyer.
No, but if you are not experienced in handling these types of cases, the insurance company will take advantage of your inexperience. So, the best practice is to talk to a lawyer promptly after the accident. You may not need to hire a lawyer right away, but promptly talking to a lawyer is a smart move.
If you have been injured, you should promptly call a personal injury lawyer. You may not need to hire a lawyer, but the sooner you talk to one, the better off you will be. A lawyer can explain the legal process, answer your questions, help you avoid mistakes, and give you peace of mind.
You should meet with the lawyer – not a substitute or a paralegal – who will be handling your case. It is wise to interview several lawyers before deciding which one to hire. Take your time. Get comfortable with the lawyer. Also, in Wisconsin, lawyers handling injury cases must have a written agreement with the client, spelling out the terms and conditions of the relationship.
If you are injured, you should go to a doctor. In many cases when people suffer injuries, they assume they will recover and so they avoid going to the doctor. Their failure to promptly see a doctor hurts their case because it gives the insurance company the opportunity to claim that the plaintiff was not hurt in the accident because the plaintiff did not promptly see a doctor.
If you have been injured in a car accident, insurance companies will start calling you. You are under no obligation to speak to the insurance company. You may do so, but they can’t force you to talk to them. Beware of anyone who tells you that you must talk to them. It is best not to talk to the insurance company until after you have talked to a lawyer. Remember, “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” Therefore, it is best to speak first to a lawyer who can explain the process and protect you from mistakes.
No. You’ve heard it a hundred times on TV: “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” Therefore, it is best to speak first to a lawyer who can explain the process and protect you from mistakes. Beware of anyone who tells you that you must give a tape-recorded statement. You are not required to give any statement, tape-recorded or otherwise.
In some cases, an insurance adjuster may ask for access to your medical records. Sometimes they will send you a form to sign which authorizes them to collect your medical records. This information is guarded by powerful privacy laws and should only be given out when absolutely necessary. Before giving away this information, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights and options regarding the release of your medical information.
You should not sign anything you don’t clearly and completely understand. It is best to consult with an attorney before you sign anything.
No. You are only at fault if you were negligent in the way you conducted yourself. Just being there is not enough; you must have done something wrong which caused the accident.
Yes. If you have been injured in a car accident, whether you were wearing a seat belt does not prevent you from pursuing a claim against the people responsible for causing the accident.
Every case is different, but in general, injured people are entitled to claim the following kinds of damages for their personal injuries, which are determined by settlement or trial:
- Past and future medical bills, including
- Ambulance charges
- ER charges
- Hospital bills
- Doctor bills
- Medication expenses
- Therapy bills
- Chiropractic bills
- Travel expenses
- Past and future loss of earnings, including
- Lost wages
- Lost business profits
- Lost benefits
- Lost promotions and opportunities
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
- Past pain and suffering
- Future pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Again, every case is different, but in general, family members are entitled to claim the following kinds of damages, which are determined by settlement or trial:
- Spouse of injured person
- Loss of love, affection and companionship
- Nursing care and services rendered to injured spouse
- Lost wages while caring for injured spouse
- Child of injured parent
- Loss of society and companionship
- Parent of injured child
- Medical expenses of the injured child
- Loss of society and companionship
- Nursing care and services rendered by to injured child
No one can estimate the value of your case until you have fully recovered from your injuries (or recovered as much as possible), and until all of your medical records and bills have been collected and analyzed, and until your past and future loss of income has been evaluated, and until your past and future pain and suffering has been carefully considered. Even then, a lawyer can only give you his best judgment because the final value is whatever a jury would determine. That is why you want to hire a lawyer with experience to evaluate your case.
The Wisconsin Statute Chapter 893 imposes strict time limits on how long an injured person has to file a lawsuit. These time limits are called “Statutes of Limitations.” For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is three (3) years from the date of the injury. For cases involving death, the statute of limitations is only two (2) years. Other limitations apply to other situations. Therefore, it is smart to promptly consult with a lawyer to learn the time limit for your case. Before the time expires, you must either get your case settled or you must start a lawsuit. If you fail to do so, your claim is lost forever.
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