After suffering from an injury, your recovery is the most important thing. Personal injury laws are in place to allow for you to recover from the person or company who may have caused your injury through negligence. Our law firm has helped many people in Wisconsin get the compensation that they deserve after being hurt, and we’re ready to use our compassion and experience to help you during this difficult time.
If you would like to speak with a lawyer about personal injury law, and how we can help you and your family after an injury, contact us as soon as possible. Call Studinski Law, LLC today at (715) 343-2850.
What Is a Personal Injury?
Wisconsin residents who have been injured through the negligence or fault of others may have the option to proceed with a personal injury claim in civil court. With the help of your lawyer, you can seek to recover compensation, also known as damages, after you sustain an injury. In a personal injury action, we have to show that the other party was negligent, and then we have to show that this negligence was a cause of your injury. Our personal injury lawyers have helped many people in personal injury cases after the following situations:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Other Motor Vehicle & Traffic Accidents
- Premises Liability Accidents
- Serious Injuries
- Wrongful Deaths
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Workplace Injury Accidents
When we take action to help you recover after an injury, the case can be successfully resolved in one of two ways:
We file a lawsuit and you are awarded damages by the court. This may involve a variety of hearings in which your lawyer will take your case through the entire Wisconsin legal process of showing why you are due compensation. The personal injury lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC have years of successful trial experience, and we will diligently work on your case until you get the compensation you deserve.
We settle your case with the other side out of court. Most personal injury lawsuits don’t go through the entire court process, but instead both parties will agree to a settlement to end the proceeding. The other side will make you an offer, and we will end our action against them only if you are willing to accept their offer. Getting a fair settlement offer requires negotiating with the lawyers and insurance providers of the party who injured you, and our lawyers have years of negotiation experience on behalf of our clients.
Personal Injury Lawsuit Process
No two cases are the same, and the process of a personal injury action can be confusing for anyone. We take the time to explain everything that is going on to our clients, and we will listen carefully to your thoughts and concerns. The general process of most personal injury cases includes meeting with an attorney, filing a lot of paperwork, discovering evidence from both sides, a trial or negotiations, and collecting compensation for your losses.
While the formal court process can be overwhelming, it is important to note that your case can settle at any time if you agree to the amount of compensation that the other party offers you. Sometimes liability and damages are clear to all parties such that a case will settle before the lawsuit is filed. If this does not happen, our attorneys will continue to negotiate, file suit, and seek discovery from the other side, which often results in a fair offer to settle the case.
Wisconsin Statute of Limitations
You should seek a specific opinion from your personal injury lawyer as to the Wisconsin statute of limitations. Wisconsin statute of limitations law generally requires you to file your personal injury lawsuit within three years of the occurrence or discovery of your injuries or risk having your case dismissed. This three years starts from the time that you were injured or from when it was reasonable for you to discover the injury. For example, if someone exposes you to something that makes you sick, but you didn’t know about the exposure at the time and you fell ill two years later, then it is possible to argue that the three year statute of limitations should begin when you discovered that you were sick. The “reasonable” factor in discovering an injury is often strongly contested by both sides in a personal injury lawsuit, and it is important to have an attorney with sufficient experience in Wisconsin law.
It is very important to contact your attorney as soon as possible after you are injured. You will want a specific analysis concerning the statute of limitations in your personal injury case. The three years of the statute of limitations can go by quickly, and a lot of work is required to prepare for your lawsuit. Do not hesitate to call the personal injury lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC today if you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person.
Wisconsin Personal Injury Damage Caps
You should seek a specific opinion from your personal injury lawyer as to whether any Wisconsin personal injury damage caps apply to your case. Your personal injury lawyer will seek damages that are sufficient to help you and your family after you have been hurt. There may be some limits to how much you can recover for an injury, depending upon the facts and circumstances of your case. For example, Wisconsin law caps non-economic damages for medical malpractice cases at $750,000. These non-economic damages include things such as pain and suffering. There is no cap for how much you can recover for damages that can be specifically calculated, such as past and future medical bills and wage loss.
Punitive damages are additional damages that may be assessed against the responsible party that must be pay on top of the economic and non-economic damages that the injured person is awarded. These punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party for extreme and outrageous conduct and to deter future bad conduct. In Wisconsin, punitive damages for injury cases are capped at $200,000, or twice the amount of other damages, whichever is greater. While punitive damages are rarely assessed, we will fight to get you everything that is needed to help you during your recovery.
A Lawyer Can Help You After an Injury
It can be very stressful and overwhelming dealing with an injury, and you want as much personal injury information as you can get. An experienced Wisconsin personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and seek the compensation that you need to move on with your life. Our lawyers have helped many families through this difficult time, and our trial experience can help you as well.
With offices in Plover and Marshfield, Studinski Law, LLC serves clients throughout Wisconsin, including Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, and Waupaca. Whether you live in a large city or a rural town, regardless of the accident or the injuries you suffered, you have the right to be compensated for your losses. Our personal injury attorneys are familiar with the Wisconsin courts in your area, and will fight to tell your story – wherever it needs to be told.
Contact us at Studinski Law, LLC to discuss your case with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Call us today at (715) 343-2850.
Personal Injury FAQ
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Although you may think your case is simple, the other parties or insurance companies may not agree and seemingly will make the issue as complex as possible. They may attempt to deny you coverage and pay you as little as possible. It’s important to obtain the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation possible in your case.
What is My Injury Claim Worth?
An injury claim has both economic and non-economic value. You are able to receive compensation for your losses associated with medical expenses and lost wages as well as losses for pain and suffering and loss of companionship. We can help you understand all of the losses for which you deserve compensation in your claim.
Can I Handle a Personal Injury Claim on My Own?
The insurance company may encourage you to handle your personal injury claim on your own. It may offer you more money if you don’t involve an attorney. However, claimants that seek legal representation consistently obtain a greater amount of compensation than those people who do not seek the help of an attorney. While you may be able to reach an agreement with the insurance company on your own, we can help you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible in your case.