Average Personal Injury Settlements In Wisconsin

October 17 , 2023 | Personal Injury

Accidents can happen anytime, and when someone else causes it, you should not have to pay out-of-pocket expenses for your injuries. If you were hurt recently in an accident caused by another party, our personal injury lawyers in Wisconsin may be able to help. You may be entitled to a confidential injury settlement. 

Average personal injury settlements vary on the case and injuries, but Martin Law Office, S.C., has an impressive record of personal injury settlements and verdicts, including a $6.1 million settlement in an auto accident case, and a $15 million medical malpractice settlement.

What Is An Average Personal Injury Settlement?

It can be challenging to pinpoint what the average personal injury settlement is. Every case has different circumstances, categories, and severities of injuries, so you can get a misleading idea of what your claim is worth by looking at average settlements. 

For example, as illustrated at the top of this article, Martin Law Office has settled serious accident and medical malpractice cases for millions of dollars, but many less severe injury cases settle for much less. 

However, considerable research has been done in the US on average personal injury settlements that add to this discussion. For example, a 2005 Bureau of Justice Statistics Study cited in Forbes recently found in the personal injury settlements studied:

  • 50% of plaintiffs received $24,000 or less
  • The median award for all cases studied was $31,000
  • The median award in car accidents was $16,000
  • The median award in premises liability cases was $90,000
  • The average medical malpractice award was $679,000
  • The median payout in a product liability case was $748,000

Keep in mind that those numbers are from 2005 and thus the figures would be higher today. The study also determined that of all personal injury cases that went to verdict, there was a 50% success rate. This suggests one of the reasons that many personal injury cases settle: You may get nothing if it goes to a jury. Also, the study found the success rate for car accidents was 61% at trial, but plaintiffs only won about 19% of medical malpractice court cases.

More Data On Average Personal Injury Settlements

The legal website Nolo.com surveyed its readers across the US and asked about their payouts with personal injury claims. The site said that 70% of respondents got a settlement or favorable verdict, but the vast majority settled their cases out of court.

More than 50% of responding readers said their personal injury payouts were between $3,000 and $25,000. Another 26% of readers said they received more than $25,000, so the average was $52,900. 

In addition, Westlaw Edge’s Litigation Analytics analyzed approximately 2,834 personal injury cases that settled or went to trial between 203? 2013 or 2003? and 2022. The study found that 24% got a settlement between $3,000 and $25,000, and about 70% got more than $25,000. Personal injury plaintiffs heard in federal court had median compensatory damages of $78,000, and the average settlement was $45,000.

How Do You Get More For Your Personal Injury Settlement?

The above data shows that average settlement amounts vary widely by the case circumstances. Most injured parties want to know how to get more money for their personal injury case, and there are several ways to do that:

Obtain Evidence Immediately After The Accident

If you were in a car accident, you probably would be shocked, stressed, and not thinking clearly. This is understandable and your health is paramount, so first, check yourself for injuries and call for help if you need it.

But if you can, you can help with your personal injury case by collecting evidence immediately after the accident. For example, if you were in a Milwaukee car accident, you should take many photos of the accident scene, vehicles, tire marks, vehicle debris injuries, and vehicle positions. Taking pictures right after the accident before the cars are moved and cleaned up could be beneficial for proving fault.

Other information and evidence you should collect and store in an electronic or physical folder are:

  • Imaging scans, medical receipts, and additional medical information regarding your injuries
  • Copy of the police report
  • Written communication between you and the other drivers
  • Any bills from your mechanic showing how much property damage you have
  • Witness contact information

Get A Prompt Medical Evaluation

Many of us do not want to bother with seeing a doctor, but after an accident where you may file a claim or lawsuit, you should. You should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident. Your medical situation post-accident should be documented from the first day. 

Even if you walk away from the accident scene without injuries, you should still get a medical evaluation on the record, just in case. Some injuries, such as concussions or other brain injuries, may not be apparent in the first few hours. If those injuries become clear when you see the doctor after the accident, it will support a claim or lawsuit later.

Do Not Speak To The At-Fault Party’s Insurance Company

Speaking to the at-fault party’s insurance company after an accident is never wise. They only want to speak to you to either get you to take a small claim immediately or get you to say something that affects your claim. It is always best to refer any insurance company phone call you receive to your personal injury attorney.

Our Personal Injury Lawyer In Wisconsin Can Help

Being injured in an accident is stressful and upsetting, but it is incredibly challenging when another party causes the incident. If another party’s negligence injured you, you do not have to suffer without action. Our personal injury lawyer in Wisconsin at Martin Law Office, S.C. may be able to obtain compensation for you in a lawsuit. For a consultation, please call (414) 856-4010 today.