Every year in Wisconsin, approximately 40,000 people are injured in auto accidents and almost 600 people are killed. These statistics, however, cannot adequately convey the enormous impact that these accidents have on victims and their families. If you sustain injuries in a car crash, then you could face not only a painful recovery, but also thousands of dollars in medical bills. Additionally, you may be unable to return to work, and your lost income can create an even greater strain on your finances. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, then you may be able to file a claim to recover compensation for these losses. However, you should always consult with a local car accident attorney to ensure that you receive a fair offer.
The attorney you trust with your case must be someone who empathizes with you. A good attorney uses that empathy as motivation to aggressively pursue justice. At Martin Law Office, our Wisconsin car accident attorneys combine legal and medical experience to deliver representation that produces positive results. We represent drivers, passengers and pedestrians who have been injured by negligent or reckless drivers.
After a car crash, you may be able to file an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover compensation. However, the steps you take following the collision and over the following days could have an impact on the success of your claim. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not helping people. Therefore, insurance adjusters often try to minimize or deny rightful claims to save money. Thus, your first step toward recovering damages is to prove that someone other than yourself caused the accident.
Immediately after an accident you should call the authorities and get immediate medical attention for anyone who needs it. Then, to protect your claim, you should:
Of course, a serious accident will likely leave you incapacitated and unable to take some of these initial steps. That makes it even more important that you contact an accident attorney as soon as you can. A lawyer can take these necessary steps on your behalf while you are still recovering.
In the state of Wisconsin, the law states that if a driver is found to be at fault for an accident, then their insurer must compensate any victims for personal injury and property damage or loss. In other words, the insurance company for the driver who causes a car crash is responsible for any damages that result from that driver’s negligence—that includes damage to both the person and property.
However, accidents are rarely straightforward, and more than one party or circumstance may be a factor in a wreck. As a result, Wisconsin has contributory negligence laws. According to these laws, each party’s fault is calculated and assigned a percentage. Then, if you contributed to the accident that caused your injuries, then your settlement or verdict will be reduced by that percentage. Additionally, in Wisconsin, if your percent fault is greater than the other party’s, then you cannot file a car accident claim against that person.
In many cases, insurance companies attempt to use Wisconsin contributory negligence laws to their own advantage. An insurance adjuster may try to assign you a greater percentage of fault than you should have, thereby reducing your settlement. However, a qualified car accident lawyer can help you fight for your right to a fair recovery.
Martin Law Office, S.C., may be able to facilitate your recovery after a car crash with strong, assertive representation that communicates your seriousness about receiving full compensation. Whether you were injured in a car vs. bicycle accident, an ATV accident, a drunk driving crash or any other type of motor vehicle accident, we will thoroughly investigate your accident to establish a solid, persuasive case. Our experience and resources can match and exceed the opposition in negotiation or at trial, increasing your chances of full and fair compensation.
Martin Law Offices accepts personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means we never charge an upfront fee for services. We represent clients in Oak Creek, Franklin, South Milwaukee and Greenfield. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 414-856-4010 or contact us online.
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