April 08, 2020

Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer

A personal injury can put your health, finances, and future in danger. Make sure you get a fair and full settlement to cover your damages and losses by working with a Milwaukee personal injury attorney.

Getting injured in an accident of any sort can quickly result in significant medical debt, emotional trauma, and a number of other damages and losses. One of the most frustrating aspects of these situations is dealing with a person or insurance company who refuses to compensate you for the cost of your injuries.

If you have been hurt in an accident of any kind, the financial burden can be tremendous, and you deserve to have it compensated completely. To get a fair and full settlement, you will need a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer from The Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg. We will work diligently to achieve a positive outcome for your claim.

Causes of Personal Injuries

Personal injuries can be caused by just about anything, and the damage they cause can be just as varied. Whether you were hit by a car while riding a bike or suffered an illness after taking a defective drug, any personal injury scenario could easily result in a hospital visit and serious injuries. Below are some common types of personal injuries that our clients have experienced:

  • Car, motorcycle, and commercial truck accidents can be caused by distracted, drunk, or drowsy drivers, and they can lead to some of the most catastrophic injuries possible.
  • Boating accidents are often due to operator error, failed equipment, or improper maintenance.
  • Construction accidents are frequently caused by defective machinery and safety equipment, toxic exposure, and errors made by third-party contractors.
  • Defective products run the gamut for variety and include heaters that catch fire, brake failures, and any other design or manufacturing flaw that can cause an injury.
  • Slip-and-falls usually indicate negligence on the part of the property owner.
  • Dog bites indicate an irresponsible owner who hasn’t taken the time to train their pet.

Many of these accident types can include multiple at-fault parties. Identifying the cause of yours is essential to determining whether you have grounds for a viable injury claim, and naming every responsible party in your lawsuit will maximize your potential compensation.

Types of Personal Injuries

The injuries you have suffered could be life altering or merely painful, but every injury has financial, professional, personal, and emotional costs. Putting dollar amounts to some of these can be difficult, making the critical eye of a personal injury lawyer in Milwaukee essential to determining the true value of your claim.

Regardless of whether you suffered head, neck, or back injuries; severe bone breaks or burns; or even seemingly mild nerve damage, you deserve to heal without the burden of paying for someone else’s mistake.

Personal injuries often include brain or spinal damage that lead to paralysis and other mental and physical disabilities. Severe limb damage can require amputations; burns may need painful skin grafts; and persistent nerve pain is a terrible thing to live with.

Your Wisconsin injury lawyer will work with your doctors to determine how long your recovery will take and what sort of treatment you will require to make the fullest recovery possible.

Mental Trauma Can Hurt You

Unfortunately, it’s not just the physical pain you’ll need to worry about. Although head trauma or bone fractures are major injuries, the mental toll of a serious injury can be difficult to deal with, too. A serious accident can leave you suffering from the symptoms of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. All of these trauma-induced conditions can affect your life for years following the injury.

Although we often think of combat and war zones when we think of PTSD, a serious accident can leave you with emotional and physical scars. For example, you might have been attacked by a dog while on an afternoon stroll. The physical damage might have been severe, but the mental damage should be considered, too.

After your bite, you might go to extreme lengths to avoid dogs. You might no longer enjoy parks, spending time with friends who own dogs, or other places where you might encounter a dog. The worry and trauma can leave you struggling with nightmares and sleeplessness, all of which will impact the overall quality of your daily life.

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

The costs of your injury, both immediate and future, can and should be completely covered by your final settlement amount. Many damages and non-economic losses are very difficult to turn into precise dollar values. This makes it important to have an experienced personal injury attorney help you identify all of your losses and determine what they are worth.

Listed below are just a few of the damages that your personal injury might require compensation for:

  • Any lost income incurred by the accident, during recovery time, or any permanent changes in your ability to work
  • Any medical costs, including hospital stays, specialist visits, over-the-counter and prescription medication, rehabilitative therapy, and medical equipment
  • Any home or vehicular modifications made to accommodate new disabilities
  • Pain and suffering, whether from the accident or from your injuries later
  • Emotional distress, such as PTSD or anxiety
  • Damage done to your marriage and personal relationships

Seeking Punitive Damages

In many cases, your compensatory damages are enough. You’ll have the monetary funds you need to recover and heal in peace. However, some claims are especially serious. In these cases, you might seek punitive damages, as well. 

Punitive damages may be awarded if the at-fault parties are shown to have acted with malice,  egregious negligence, or otherwise deserve excessive punishment of some kind. For example, if you were attacked by another person, they intended to cause you harm, and you’ll need to seek damages for that intended harm.

Unfortunately, these damages are difficult to seek on your own, and they’re limited in value. Punitive damages in Wisconsin are capped at $200,000 or twice your compensatory damages. As such, you’ll need to contact your attorney and discuss your options. Although punitive damages can help you and your family recover, you’ll need plenty of evidence to show that the person was acting maliciously.  

What Your Insurer Can Do

A serious injury can cause immense suffering, and often, you just want this difficult time to be behind you. You want to get on with your recovery rather than fight another person for the compensation you deserve. Fortunately, for many people, your insurance should cover your injuries.

After your accident, you’ll need to contact the appropriate insurance provider. In the case of a car accident, you might file a third-party claim with the other driver’s insurer, or you’ll simply contact your own.

Once they’re ready to investigate your claim, the insurance adjuster will review the accident and your injuries. Once they’ve found evidence that you were injured as you claimed, they’ll send you a letter of approval with a settlement check.

In many cases, this settlement offer is all you need for a full recovery. The insurance provider will cover the necessary expenses and, as long as you’ve ensured you’re getting the full settlement you deserve, you won’t need to do anything more than focus on healing. Unfortunately, if your insurance company isn’t cooperating, this won’t be the end of your personal injury claim road.

Going to Court vs. Settling Through Negotiations

By far, the most important reason to work with a personal injury lawyer is to avoid being taken advantage of by insurance companies and opposing attorneys. The sad truth is that these entities care little about your recovery and are more concerned with paying you the smallest amount they can possibly get away with.

Your Wisconsin personal injury attorney will handle the negotiations on your behalf so you don’t risk having a statement you made used against you later. We are able to settle most cases out of court, and as long as the other side is willing to make a fair settlement offer, trial won’t be necessary.

Sometimes, setting a court date becomes necessary in order to get the insurer to negotiate in earnest, however. And if a comprehensive offer still isn’t forthcoming, we’ll advise you accordingly and be prepared to go to trial and represent you. However your case turns out, you can count on your attorney to provide you with sound legal advice and capable representation throughout the legal process.

Milwaukee Personal Injury FAQ

The aftermath of a serious injury can be an incredibly confusing and overwhelming time for anyone. You almost certainly have a number of concerns that need to be addressed, so in the space below, we’ve provided answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently. If you don’t see your problem addressed, please contact us to speak with a Milwaukee injury lawyer.

How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim?

Wisconsin provides a statute of limitations of three years for personal injury claims. If you wait too long and exceed this time limit, your case could be thrown out of court without ever being heard.

What are non-economic damages?

Non-economic damages are any losses you suffer that don’t have an obvious dollar value. They tend to be intangible and affect your quality of life. Examples include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and lost enjoyment of life.

Can I still sue if I was partially at fault for my injury?

Even if you are partially at fault for your accident, you might still be eligible to receive a financial settlement. As long as someone else was more at fault than you, you can file a claim—though the compensation you receive will be reduced according to your own percentage of fault.

Work with a Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you or a loved one has been injured in a minor accident, or you lost someone in a deadly crash, you need to protect both your family’s interests and your future by seeking financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Call 414-271-7007 or complete the form at the bottom of this page to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer from The Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg. Act today and secure the settlement you need to pay for your recovery.