The value of your Wisconsin personal injury claim depends on several variables, such as who was at fault, the extent of your injuries and how your life will be affected in the future. If you have been injured in an accident in Wisconsin, you should consult with our Wisconsin personal injury attorney. After conducting an investigation and going over the details of your case, your attorney will be able to give you an estimate of your claim's value.
Evaluating a Wisconsin Personal Injury Claim
Before placing a value on a Wisconsin personal injury claim, your personal injury attorney will have to consider:
- Details of the accident - How and why your injuries occurred and whether anyone can be held liable for your injuries, your degree of fault, and any defenses that might be available.
- Medical history - Before and after you sustained injuries.
- Medical expenses - These include hospital, doctor, medication and therapy bills for diagnosis and treatment as well as any relevant expenses you may incur in the future.
- Lost earnings - If your injury forces you to take time off from work, your Milwaukee personal injury attorney will likely pursue compensation for current and future lost wages.
- Altered quality of life - Has your injury affected your ability to perform household chores, work, play sports or engage in social activities?
- Insurance - Did the person whose negligence caused your injury have insurance? If not, does that person have the ability to pay for your injury?
- Defendant's appearance - Would this person be credible as a witness?
- Your capacity to return to the workforce - Will you require retraining and what will your earning potential be after retraining?
- Availability of witnesses - Will expert witnesses be necessary? If so, will they be credible? The same goes for non-expert witnesses.
- Trial expenses - If a fair settlement can't be reached in your Wisconsin personal injury claim, what would the anticipated expenses be for going to trial or appealing a verdict?
- Case history - How did the jury find the defendant in similar cases in the court where your case will be filed?
This list does not include all factors that might come into play in your Wisconsin personal injury claim. Your Milwaukee personal injury attorney can give you a thorough understanding of how your Wisconsin personal injury claim will be evaluated.
Damages Available in a Wisconsin Personal Injury Case
The types of damages, or compensation, generally available in a Wisconsin personal injury case include:
- Current and future medical expenses - These include bills for treatment as well as bills for devices such as crutches, a neck brace, or a wheelchair. These damages may also cover various types of long-term therapy necessary to treat physical or mental injuries, such as cognitive therapy after a traumatic brain injury.
- Pain and suffering - Your Milwaukee personal injury attorney will consider the severity and nature of your pain and the estimated duration of your pain.
- Mental anguish - Mental or emotional distress suffered after an accident could include fright, apprehension, nervousness, depression, anxiety, grief, or disfigurement.
- Loss of consortium - If the benefits of your married life have suffered (affection, sexual relations, comfort), your spouse may be able to seek compensation.
- Lost current and future wages - Any time missed from work could be recoverable, as well as diminished future earnings.
- Property damage - This includes property such as your car, or other personal items damaged in the accident.
To Keep in Mind When Considering the Value of Your Personal Injury Claim
If an attorney gives you an estimate before thoroughly investigating your claim, you should seek another attorney.
An experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney will not be able to give you a reasonable estimate during your initial consultation. Doing so would only create false expectations, which would not be fair to you or your attorney.
A Wisconsin personal injury case can be very complex, considering all the variables involved. After you seek medical treatment for your injury, you should schedule a meeting with a personal injury attorney at Hupy and Abraham to ensure that you seek all compensation you may be entitled to in your Wisconsin personal injury claim.
An accident can impact more than just your short-term health. Serious or permanent injuries may require hundreds of thousands of dollars in treatment and rehabilitation costs. If your injuries also prevent you from working for an extended period of time, you likely will not be able to handle these costs on your own. If someone's negligence caused your accident, you shouldn't have to shoulder these substantial expenses.
Have You Been Injured In A Wisconsin, Illinois or Iowa Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you should speak to an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. You can contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule your free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers. We have been helping car accident victims since 1964 and service clients throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.