Jefferson Personal Injury Attorney
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Suffering an injury at the hands of another negligent can change your life. Our experienced Jefferson personal injury attorneys are backed by over 60 years of experience and are dedicated to helping injury victims recover the compensation they need to get back on their feet. Learn more about how our experienced team can help you today.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Wisconsin?
According to the Wisconsin Statutes section 893.54, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in the state of Wisconsin is three years. The statute of limitations is a law all states have which limits how long injury victims have to file a claim before they lose their legal right to file.
More specifically, this means you have three years from the date your injury occurred to file your claim, or you will lose your right to file, which essentially means losing your right to pursue compensation. It’s important to note that there are exceptions that can change this time limit. The most notable exceptions include:
- If the injury victim was a minor at the time the accident occurred
- If the injury victim was legally under a mental disability
- If the alleged negligent party leaves the state before a claim can be filed
- If your claim is against a government official or entity
These are not the only exceptions to this law and since statute of limitations has such a big impact on your ability to file a claim it’s important to speak to a skilled Jefferson personal injury lawyer about the specifics of your case as soon as you can. Lawton & Cates offers free, no-obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm today!
What Damages Can Be Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
Damages is the legal term used to describe the type and amount of compensation awarded to injury victims. Many claimants wonder how much their claim is worth. The answer is it depends. The specific amount an injury victim can recover in a given claim widely depends on the specifics of their claim. From the severity of negligence committed to the types of injuries inflicted, each personal injury case is unique. The types of damages an individual can pursue, however, remain the same. These types of damages include:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages.
Economic damages, compensates for the financial losses associated with the claimants injuries, such as medical expenses or missed days at work due to being unable to work. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensates the injured party for the non-financial suffering connected with their injury. These more abstract losses can include well known categories such as pain and suffering, or mental anguish.
Punitive damages are different from the first two in that they exist to punish the negligent party instead of compensating the injury party. Punitive damages can be severe, and as such they are not awarded often.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
After an accident it can be easy to think that an insurance company will come through for you, after all this is what they market. Unfortunately, however, this is usually not the case. Contrary to what they promise, insurance companies are typically looking out for their own best interest, not yours.
At heart, insurance companies are a business first and foremost. This means they often care more about protecting their financial bottom line than ensuring you get the proper compensation you deserve after an accident.
A skilled Jefferson personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve by:
- Navigate you through the legal process
- Ensuring all the correct procedures are followed
- Conduct an investigation into your claim so no pertinent evidence is lost
- Determine who is liable for your injuries
- Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf
- Represent you at trial, if necessary
Unlike insurance companies, Lawton & Cates are here for you, as true advocates on your side. We are committed to working for your best interest every step of the way, and we always fight for maximum compensation.
Don’t Wait to Get Help
Our experienced legal team knows that after suffering a serious injury, recovering proper compensation is a big step in getting your life back on track. Not only is our experienced firm committed to you, but we have also recovered millions and are backed by over 60 years of experience.
Call our firm today to discuss the details of your case during a free consultation.