Personal Injury in Wisconsin
If you have been injured, have suffered or have sustained a loss due to the negligence of another person―in a car crash, in someone else's home, or on their property―according to the law, that person may be held liable for your pain, suffering, injury, loss of property, loss of wages, and medical bills. It is even possible to sustain a personal injury while you are in your own home if the negligence of another person causes you harm.
If you have endured pain, losses and/or injury through the fault of another, it is wise to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Personal injury attorneys do not usually insist on a payment or sum of money referred to as a "retainer" before they will begin to assist you, but will usually wait to be paid at the end of the case, usually for a percentage of the total settlement.
Sometimes, the attorney's fees can be figured into the settlement of a case or even paid by the negligent person's insurance company.
Many times, accident victims will be injured in an accident but not aware that an injury occurred. They may tell the police officer or the at-fault party that they are not injured, and a statement may be entered into the police report of the accident, when, in fact, they are injured but are not yet aware of it.
This can be due to the shock of the accident. Because of this shock, we may not immediately sense the pain of an injury, and respond to inquires that we are "fine" when in fact, we are most likely not fine at all. If you have sustained a soft tissue injury, it could be hours, a day, or in some cases even several days before you have symptoms severe enough to send you to the doctor or hospital. This is not at all unusual.
If you are subject to the impact caused by a motor vehicle accident, understand that your body has been subjected to an intense sudden force, even in low-speed or low-impact collisions. The body, when an impact occurs, is suddenly forced either side-to-side or forward and backward, which causes trauma to the delicate skeletal support tissues. Symptoms vary from one patient to another but generally include:
- Body pain
- Pain at a specific site
- Reduced range of motion
- Blurred vision
Soft tissue injuries most often occur in the:
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Pelvic region
Many soft tissue injuries cannot be detected immediately; none of the current medical imaging equipment can "see" this type of injury; therefore, unless a patient has had ongoing pain over several months, imaging studies are not usually ordered by the doctor, nor are they conclusive if they are performed.
If you are treated for a soft tissue injury, your medical records most likely will not mention the words "soft tissue injury" but will discuss spinal areas such as the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacroiliac. The diagnosis may be a sprain/strain syndrome, or may reference damage to the muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, and, occasionally, the bones and joints of the injured areas.
If you've been in a crash that took place at speeds above about 2 miles per hour, it is a good idea to be checked over by a physician immediately following the impact. If soft tissue injuries are detected early enough, their severity can be reduced and much loss of time avoided.
Even if you feel fine and are sure you have not sustained an injury, it is always a good idea to see a doctor, just in case. As they say, prevention is the best medicine.
Insurance coverage can be a tricky thing. You've got to figure out what you'll do for a car, how you're going to feed the family while you're off work, and, if there were severe injuries, you've got hospital bills up to the rooftops.
Right now, the help of an experienced personal injury attorney will let you take your mind off these worries and keep it on getting well and getting back on your feet. The sources for all the various losses exist and a good attorney is sure to find all of them.
Of course, it is your right to represent yourself in a personal injury case, but unless you can learn the laws on these matters in a very short time, you will really have no way of knowing if you got a fair and just settlement.
Nonprofessionals just simply don't know the details involved in personal injury cases, such as how to discover all the avenues of remuneration or how to summon the responsible parties, of which there may be many.
In a relatively run-of-the-mill car collision, you could collect on the damages to your car, recoup the money lost from time off work, financial losses due to your injury, your medical bills, and your future ability to work, your future pain, your future medical bills and any rehabilitative care you may need.
The average accident victim, unless that person is an attorney, just does not have the time, legal education, or insider knowledge to handle matters alone after an automobile accident, especially if anyone involved has sustained an injury.
Injuries that at first appear slight may in fact be major or develop into long standing, chronic conditions. If this happens, it can have a long-term effect on our lives, causing us to be unable to continue working. This, of course, will impact our families for a many years. Hiring a personal injury attorney may help us to keep the impact the accident has on our lives minimal, and get us back in shape even sooner than we could on our own.
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