Personal injury law governs any legal encounter involving an injured person. Claims are brought under a “civil suit” with the goal of achieving compensation or restitution for the damages brought upon the victim. Some of the more common applications are medical malpractice, defective products, and auto accident injuries. Below is a brief overview with minimal “legalese” to help you understand Wisconsin personal injury law.
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- Lost Wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
The two most important words in personal injury law are “cause” and “damages.”
“Cause” establishes liability. This liability may be spread among a number of entities, including product manufacturers, property owners and insurance companies. Often the person or company at fault is not readily apparent at the time of the accident. An experienced investigator and law firm like Warshafsky will discover them. “Cause” can imply either action or inaction. When a person or business fails to appropriately protect you for injury through inaction, the law calls it “negligence.”
“Damages” are injuries for which the victim is owed compensation. These damages could be emotional, mental, or physical harm. Unlike criminal law where the courts inflict fines as a matter of punishment, “civil lawsuits” are conducted with the aim of restoring the victim, usually by awarding them money. Damages can also include compensation for ruined property, missed time at work or court-ordered “punitive damages.” Punitive damages are additional money that defendants must pay with the purpose of instilling a change in their behavior beyond repairing the individual harm done in the specific lawsuit. The harmed individual will recover some or all of the punitive damages awarded.
This primer on personal injury law is intended only to enhance your overall awareness of the subject. For top-notch legal representation, contact Warshafsky Law Firm. We excel at discovering all sources of liability and maximizing recovery for the injured.
The wrong way to handle a personal injury case
Settlement mills are law firms that make their money by accepting the first settlement amount you are sent. When an insurance company cuts you a check, in many cases it’s more of an injury settlement OFFER than an injury settlement. DO NOT SIGN THE CHECK IF YOU WISH TO NEGOTIATE THE AMOUNT. By signing, you agree to the offer and are wrongly bought off for a low price.
When insurance companies see you are represented by Warshafsky, they immediately know you are serious about your case going to trial. The majority of attorneys plastered across billboard ads and Packer game commercials derive profit from throughput and volume, meaning the sooner they resolve your case, the quicker they can wrongly sucker their next client. The moment Warshafsky's personal injury attorneys agree to fight for you, we get to work preparing for litigation as if settling is not an option.
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The difference with Warshafsky is that we know we can win the maximum compensation—and so do insurance companies. The settlement OFFER has a tendency to increase dramatically. With years of experience, Warshafsky’s proven Milwaukee injury attorneys will evaluate offers and advise you on what the best course of action is for getting you the most money.
As always, there are no fees until you collect payment. In fact, clients often choose us for our willingness to take their case, the difference being we put you at no risk. Your case is about achieving the highest cash-in-pocket payment for you. No matter whether you are a victim of food contamination, a gun injury, premises liability, products liability, an auto accident injury, city negligence, wish to file a slip and fall lawsuit, or anything else, Warshafsky will recover your losses for however you were wrongfully injured.