The laws vary by state, but an injured person may claim compensation, property damage, medical bills, earnings loss, pain and suffering, including affected quality of life.  Here are some general answers to the most commonly asked questions related to personal injury claims.  It is important to speak with an attorney to discuss the specifications of your case.

What should I do after a personal injury accident?

Seek medical care.  Once you receive the necessary treatment, it’s a good idea to take pictures of your injuries and record exactly what happened before details are forgotten.  If someone witnessed your accident, keep their information along with the police report if one was filed.  As soon as you are able, find an attorney that has experience with cases like yours.  Investigating the circumstances of an accident is something an attorney will want to do as early as possible.

How much compensation will I receive for my injury case?

The amount a claimant receives varies depending on the severity of the injury and negligence on the part of the defendant.  Factors considered in this calculation may include medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, input on quality of life, and future estimated expenses and losses.

Do I need an attorney to present a personal injury claim?

No.  However, finding the right attorney for your case is the best way to ensure the maximum settlement.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a personal injury accident claim?

In Wisconsin, you must commence an action within three years from the date of the incident to file most personal injury claims, including medical liability and product lability claims.  Some types of personal injury claims have shorter limitation periods.  Some injury claims have notice provisions as short as 120 days.  It is important that you consult an attorney to understand which statute of limitations applies to your case.

How is a personal injury attorney compensated for their time?

Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingent fee basis.  There are no upfront fees for services.  The value of the attorney’s time is measured as a percentage to the gross recovery.

If you’ve been the victim of a personal injury accident, please seek medical attention.  Once you are able, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the personal injury claim process.

Since 1883, the attorneys at Doar, Drill & Skow have represented families, individuals and businesses across Wisconsin and Minnesota in areas of personal injury, criminal defense, family law, divorce, general and civil litigation, estate planning and trusts, workers compensation and more.  We are recognized as one of western Wisconsin’s most skilled and successful personal injury law firms and have built our reputation on what we achieve for our clients.  We are committed to being your advocate, regardless of your circumstances.

DISCLAIMER:  The Doar, Drill and Skow blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice.  References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location.  Information reported may come from secondary news sources.  We do handles these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these types of situations choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect.  Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.