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I was seriously injured when some merchandise fell on me while I was visiting a home improvement store. I have been told that I should file a lawsuit against the company, but I haven’t been working and money tight. How can I file a Wisconsin premises liability claim when I can’t afford to pay a lawyer?
At Hupy and Abraham, we understand that a serious injury can leave you in a financial bind. You are injured and unable to work, but at the same time, you have mounting medical bills. We know it’s tough and that is why we, like many Wisconsin personal injury attorneys, represent clients on a contingency basis.
A contingency fee gets its name because payment is “contingent” on the attorney winning your case. What it means is that your lawyer doesn’t require any upfront costs. Instead, he gets paid a percentage of your final settlement. If he doesn’t win, he doesn’t get paid.
Typically the contingency fee agreement states that the Wisconsin personal injury lawyer will receive one-third of any recovery, as well as reimbursement for any expenses he has advanced. But it is important that you read the agreement thoroughly to check for hidden fees. You don’t want to be unpleasantly surprised later on.
One-third may seem like a lot; in fact, the amount may make you wonder if hiring an attorney is really worth it. You may be interested to know, that on average, Wisconsin injury victims who hire a lawyer receive settlements that are three times greater than those received by injury victims who represent themselves.
What happens if you agree to a contingency fee and then decide you don’t like your lawyer? You still have the right to change your mind, although you may be billed for any upfront costs.
Want more information? Contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 and ask to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation. “No obligation” means exactly what it says: if you don’t like what you hear after that first meeting, you can walk away and owe nothing.
My dad slipped on the Madison ice outside his office. He didn’t black out, and he said he felt fine, but his doctor insisted that he stay in the hospital overnight to avoid “talk and die syndrome.” What did he mean?
Your father’s doctor was referring to a situation in which someone is talking and seems fine after a blow to the head but rapidly begins to deteriorate. What usually is responsible is called an epidural hematoma. Immediately after the injury, blood begins to leak inside the head, forming a pressurized sac of fluid between the cover of the brain, or dura, and the skull. The pressure compresses the brain tissue and causes it to swell. If untreated, the person will lose consciousness, fall into a coma, and possibly die.
Most epidural hematomas result from a blow to the temporal bone, which is a relatively weak section of the skull right above the ear. This area and the back of the skull are the most likely places on the head to be bumped in a fall on ice or snow in Wisconsin. Relieving the pressure on the brain is imperative, and this is usually done by performing a partial craniotomy, in which a piece of the skull is removed.
An epidural hematoma is best detected with a CT scan.
If you have experienced a head injury in a Wisconsin slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek help from the experienced Madison slip-and-fall attorneys at Hupy and Abraham. Call us locally at 608-277-7777 or toll free at 888-277-4879, or fill out our online form for a FREE consultation.
Will wearing a helmet eliminate any chance that I will suffer a head injury in a motorcycle wreck?
The answer to your questions is, unfortunately, no. Although wearing a motorcycle helmet can help reduce your injuries—including spinal cord injury, head injury, traumatic brain injury and death—it will not completely remove your chances of ever suffering a head injury or other injury in a Wisconsin motorcycle crash.
Sometimes helmeted riders can get thrown from their bikes and still suffer head injuries, even with the use of a helmet. Additionally, helmets can sometimes come off riders in violent motorcycle wrecks. Furthermore, if riders have the wrong helmets on, they may suffer head injuries. For instance, if riders don’t have motorcycle helmets that are DOT or SNELL approved, they are more likely to suffer head injuries in a crash because their helmets may not meet penetration protection requirements.
Our Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys also ride, and we understand the risks of the road. We urge all motorcyclists to wear approved motorcycle helmets because they help reduce injuries and death, and we encourage motorcyclists to carry enough insurance coverage in case they are involved in serious accidents. However, we also know Wisconsin’s limited motorcycle helmet laws and respect your decision to wear one or not. And we will fight for helmeted and non-helmeted riders’ rights.
If you have been in a Appleton motorcycle wreck and suffered any type of injury because of someone else’s fault, please call Hupy & Abraham for a free consultation today toll-free at (800) 800-5678 to speak with one of our caring and experienced Wisconsin injury lawyers today.
Does multitasking increase my risk of a Gurnee automobile wreck?
Indeed it does.
Many Americans feel that they don’t have enough time in a day to complete what they need to do. It is a very on-the-go society that we live in. Most would say at some point during the day they multitask. We see people constantly on their phones texting and talking. Fast food restaurants are now a booming business, as people just want a quick bite.
Multitasking can definitely help complete daily tasks. It can also be very dangerous if done while driving a vehicle. Recent facts have proved that multitasking while driving is unsafe. Some of these facts are:
- Cell phone usage. Studies have shown that using a cell phone while driving quadruples the risk of being involved in an accident.
- Time distracted. The average driver spends half the time behind the wheel in a distractive manner.
- Children and distractions. Drivers who have children in the vehicle are four times more distracted than when the passengers are adults. They are eight times more distracted with infants as with other passengers.
- Dangerous distractions. Texting is not the only dangerous distraction while driving. Eating, smoking and changing the radio can be just as dangerous as texting.
If you have been involved in a distracted driving accident you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Gurnee car crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a free case evaluation. Call today at 847-625-5500 or toll-free at 866-625-2299 and our Illinois personal injury law firm will send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.
Should I call a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney if I suffered a head injury in a motorcycle crash while I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Yes, you should call a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer if you suffered a traumatic brain injury, head injury, or other type of injury in a motorcycle wreck. Wisconsin motorcycle helmet laws only require you to wear a helmet if you are driving with an instructional or learner’s permit. After that, the choice of whether to wear a helmet on any particular ride is up to the motorcyclist or passenger.
Of course, the insurance company or other representative of the person who caused the accident may try to make a big deal out of the fact that you did not wear a helmet and may try to pressure you into a low settlement based on that fact. If you are receiving phone calls from an insurance adjuster or are otherwise unsure about how to proceed with your potential recovery then it is time to contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle crash lawyer for a FREE consultation.
Our lawyers will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected, whether or not you were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. We will work hard to help you recover your medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, lost income, and for your pain and suffering. You can reach an experienced lawyer today at 1-800-800-5678 or 1-414-223-4800.
We also invite you to learn more about your rights today by reading a copy of our FREE book: The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
Why don’t I have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Wisconsin, Iowa or Illinois but I do when I drive my motorcycle in some other states?
State law determines whether or not you have to wear a motorcycle helmet. Currently, there is not an Illinois motorcycle helmet law, which means that motorcycle riders are not required to wear a helmet. As of June 2012, Illinois is one of only three states in the nation without any kind of motorcycle helmet law. In Wisconsin, motorcycle helmet laws require only those with instructional or learner’s permits to wear a helmet. The vast majority of adult motorcycle riders do not have to wear a helmet. Other states have different laws and it is important to know those laws before you ride a motorcycle in a different state.
Of course, just because the law does not require you to wear a helmet does not mean that you should not wear a helmet. All Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin motorcycle drivers and passengers have the right to wear a helmet. Helmets have been shown to prevent serious traumatic brain injuries and fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Accordingly, many groups recommend that motorcycle riders consistently wear helmets for protection.
If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Iowa motorcycle accident then it is important to contact a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet. Hupy and Abraham maintain seven offices across Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin for your convenience. You can reach an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney by calling 1-800-800-5678 toll-free to be connected to the nearest Hupy and Abraham office.
If you, or a loved one, have been hurt then we also encourage you to download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, to learn more about protecting your rights and possible recovery.
What are some statistics for Wisconsin slip and fall injuries?
If you are like most Americans, you walk a lot. The average is 5,117 steps per day. That is equal to approximately 2.5 miles every day. We walk through grocery stores, icy walkways, up and down stairs, and many other places that can lead to what is known as a slip-and-fall accident.
Some statistics regarding Green Bay slip and fall injuries are:
- Number of accidents. In the United States, there are about one million slip and fall accidents every year.
- Severity. Out of the one million accidents, 30,000 will result in a severe injury.
- Death. There are about 20,000 fatal slip and fall accidents each year.
- Types of injuries. The most common types of slip and fall injuries in Green Bay are head trauma, broken bones, scrapes and bruises.
- Causes. Some of the common causes for slip and fall accidents are ripped or loose carpets, wet or icy areas, narrow stairways, and low-light areas.
Slip and fall accidents are very common and can be very dangerous. They can lead to severe injuries and even death. The owner of a property has the responsibility to take reasonable care that a fall does not occur because of a hazard he should have fixed.
If you have been injured in fall, contact a Green Bay slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a FREE consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bill, loss wages or pain and suffering. Contact us at 920-593-5050 local or 800-800-5678 toll-free in Illinois, Iowa, or Wisconsin. We want to get you the compensation you deserve.
Are all accident deaths wrongful deaths in Wisconsin?
No. While many fatal accidents may lead to successful Wisconsin wrongful death recoveries, not all fatal accidents are wrongful deaths. In order to bring a wrongful death case you must have a legal cause of action. Generally, if the death was the result of someone else’s negligent or intentional actions, then you may be able to recover damages. However, if the accidental death was solely the result of your loved one’s own negligent or intentional acts, then you may not be able to recover.
It can often be complicated to determine whether someone else was responsible for an accidental death. Thus, it is usually important to contact a Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer for a free consultation about your case and potential legal rights. An experienced Milwaukee wrongful death attorney will review the circumstances of your loved one’s death and give you an accurate assessment of your legal right and potential recoveries. Then, together, you can decide whether you want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you are ready to take the first step to protecting your potential legal recovery by understanding your legal rights then we encourage you to contact our experienced Milwaukee accident death attorneys directly via our website or at 1-800-800-5678 or 1-414-223-4800. We would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation.
Additionally, we encourage you to learn more about how insurance companies may try to prevent your just recovery by ordering our FREE DVD: Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.
What should I look for when purchasing a motorcycle helmet?
If you are over the age of 18 it is not required that you wear a helmet while motorcycling in Wisconsin. Statistics show that wearing a helmet helps protect your life if you are involved in a motorcycle crash. In 2010 there were 98 motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin, and only 23 of the riders involved were wearing helmets.
If you have made the decision to buy a helmet, there are a few important things to look for. They are:
- DOT certified. The most important thing to look for when buying a helmet is whether or not it is DOT certified. A DOT certified helmet means it meets the standards of U.S. Department of Transportation. These helmets are going to provide the most protection.
- Weight. Riding for a long distance is very wearing on the body. A lightweight helmet will keep your neck from becoming fatigued. Being fatigued while driving can be dangerous.
- Fit. Wearing a helmet that is too big or small can be just as dangerous as not wearing one at all. Try on different sizes and find the one that fits snugly, but not too tight.
- Style. For most Wisconsin motorcycle riders, it is important to look good on the bike. There are many different shapes, colors, and designs to pick from.
Wearing a helmet while riding can help minimize your injuries if you are involved in a Wisconsin highway collision, but of course no piece of equipment can keep you 100 percent sale. If you have been the victim of a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham.
With seven offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, and with many of our lawyers who enjoy motorcycling, Hupy and Abraham can assure you that your case will be heard respectfully. Give us a call toll-free at 1-800-800-5678, and we will set up a FREE conference with attorneys at our nearest office—and we’ll send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, which will be yours to keep even if you don’t hire us.
How can I stay safe on my motorcycle in wet weather?
Riding your motorcycle in Green Bay may mean that at times you have to ride in the rain or on wet roads. Whether you get an unexpected shower or have no other means of transportation, riding in the wet weather may be inevitable. Unfortunately there is no way to be sheltered from the rain while on the bike.
Riding in wet weather can be very dangerous. If you get in a situation where you have to ride in such conditions, it is important to know how to stay safe. Some things you can do to keep from an accident are:
- Wait it out. If it is raining and you think it might stop soon it is best to just wait it out, if at all possible.
- Avoid puddles. Keep out of puddles on the road. If you can avoid the puddles it will keep you from hydroplaning and sliding.
- Be prepared. Being prepared in advanced will save you big trouble in the future. Keep with you a set of rain gear and goggles.
- Take your time. You may be hurrying to get out of the wet weather, but this can cause a serious wreck. Take your time and ensure you make it safely to your destination.
- Avoid other vehicles. Stay away from automobiles and other traffic. Motorcycles are hard to see in good weather, and even harder to see in rain, snow, or fog. Staying a safe distance will also keep you safe from another vehicle sliding into you.
Staying safe should always be your first priority. If you have been involved in a Green Bay motorcycle wreck, contact a Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham and receive a free case analysis. Reach us today at 920-593-5050 locally or 800-800-5678 toll-free. Hupy and Abraham has seven offices across Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, so we can connect you to the personal injury lawyers who serve your area with a single phone call. Just for calling, we can send you a FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.