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Milwaukee Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
Many different types of accidents happen every day, and a good number of those accidents result in serious injuries to people through no fault of their own. The process of seeking financial compensation for your injury can be tough to handle, especially when the insurance companies are involved.
When you’ve been in an accident that resulted in a personal injury, you likely have numerous questions. Here are answers to a few of the common questions we are asked.
How long is the statute of limitations for personal injury in Wisconsin?
In Wisconsin, an injury victim has three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim seeking monetary damages.
What are non-economic damages?
Non-economic damages are losses that can be claimed that have no obvious monetary value. This means that things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium can be compensated even though they aren’t expenses.
Can I seek compensation if I’m partially at fault for the accident?
In the state of Wisconsin, you do have grounds to file for compensation if you are found to be less at fault for the accident than the other person, although your settlement will be reduced by your percentage of fault. This is called contributory negligence.
What is a contingency fee?
You’ve probably heard various ads on TV or the radio that say your lawyer will only collect if he or she wins your case. That’s what a contingency fee is. The fee is contingent on the attorney winning your case.
Should I accept the insurance company’s first offer to settle my accident?
Put simply, no. Insurance companies care about one thing: their bottom line. They want to settle quickly and for as little money as possible. It’s likely that their offer won’t be nearly what you deserve.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
An accident resulting in a catastrophic injury goes well beyond the injury itself. There are many legal terms and requirements that the average citizen simply wouldn’t understand. Furthermore, you can’t rely on the insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve because in the end, they care more about their bottom line than about your wellbeing.
For more information on personal injury claims in the state of Wisconsin, contact a personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg by completing the form below or by giving us a call at 414-271-7007.