Accidents and injuries come with uncertainty and more questions than answers. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to the negligence of another, it is important to understand your rights and feel comfortable with how to proceed.
At Cross Jenks Mercer and Maffei LLP, our experience on all sides of injury and insurance cases uniquely qualifies us to answer your questions and provide you with peace of mind as you navigate the civil justice system. Continue reading for answers to the personal injury questions we receive the most from our clients.
“What should I do after a car accident?”
Contact the police so a police report can be created and all necessary information obtained. Take pictures of the scene and, if you feel comfortable doing so, gather the names and phone numbers of people who witnessed the accident. Be sure to exchange insurance information with the other party and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, if necessary.
“I feel fine. Do I really need to see a doctor?”
If you have any symptoms or pain, it is best to be evaluated by a medical professional. The adrenaline generated by your experience may be masking the symptoms of underlying injuries. It is common for people to feel fine in the immediate aftermath of a crash only to start feeling stiffness, soreness and pain from injuries in the hours and days after the crash. Get checked out as soon as you experience any symptoms from the accident.
“The insurance company called me already. Do I really need a lawyer?”
Yes. It is important to have an advocate looking out for your interests as you navigate the claims process and ensuring that you are fully compensated for each type of damage to which you are entitled. You should consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney before signing any settlement offers or agreeing to close your insurance claim.
“What compensation may I be entitled to?”
Depending on the specifics of your case, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings, property damage and more. If your injuries do not heal quickly, you may be entitled to payment for future medical costs, pain and suffering and lost earnings. Our personal injury attorneys can help you identify your damages and uncover all available insurance coverage.
“How long do I have to make a claim?”
There are statutes of limitations that apply to personal injury and wrongful death claims in Wisconsin. The best course of action is to speak to an attorney as soon as possible so that evidence can be gathered and preserved. Your attorney can determine whether you have a viable claim and lay out your legal options for you.
Still Have Questions?
We look forward to helping you identify the best path forward for protecting your rights and your loved ones. Call 608-356-3981 or submit our contact form to schedule your free personal injury consultation.