If you have never been in a traffic accident than you are very lucky. Even the safest and most responsible driver can be in the wrong place at the wrong time and have another negligent party smash into them. The aftermath of an accident can produce a wide variety of negative outcomes such as injuries, property damages, mental distress, even post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is inconvenient to have to make appointments and be seen by various medical professionals, and if your injuries require ongoing care that means many appointments. If your car is damaged and in the shop, you have to work with a rental. Very serious injuries may also keep you from being able to work which will limit the amount of money you bring home each week and can impact your ability to pay your bills. If you lost a loved one in a crash, you have to endure immense heartache and pain.
How Can You Recover Your Costs After An Accident?
You have rights and you deserve to be compensated for the losses you endured after you were injured in an accident that was not your fault. You can file a personal injury claim and with your Janesville personal injury lawyer, calculate the amount you are owed. Medical expenses, property damages, time away from work, and even pain and suffering can all be used in your calculations.
Your lawyer will also examine your case and determine who is responsible for your damages. The responsible party or parties will be held accountable for your losses. In some situations, more than one party is at fault. Your lawyer will make sure that anyone with responsibility for your accident will is included in your suit.
For instance, when you are in an accident with a commercial truck, the driver, the manufacturer of the goods in the truck, as well as the company that employs the driver may all be sued. In Wisconsin, the shared fault law allows for dividing up responsibility for an accident. If you own any amount of fault for your accident your claim will be reduced by the percentage of fault determined by the court. As long as you are less than 50% responsible you can pursue a claim. More than 50% of responsibility will render you unable to obtain compensation from a suit.
How Can You Begin The Personal Injury Claim Process?
Getting yourself connected with an experienced Wisconsin automobile accident attorney at the Alexander J. Smith Law Offices is the best way to ensure that your claim is filed properly and that you obtain the most compensation for your damages. When you are ready to file a claim it is best not to wait. The statute of limitations in Wisconsin for filing a personal injury claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. The clock is ticking and you wouldn’t want to miss a deadline that will put you at a disadvantage for obtaining that much-needed settlement.
The Wisconsin and Illinois personal injury attorneys at the Alexander J. Smith law offices are here to speak to you about your accident experience during a free consultation. Call us today at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 243-9686 for residents of Illinois.