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Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

Figuring out the next step to take after suffering an injury in an accident can be overwhelming. You've got tons of questions and need a steady hand to guide you through the process. We help you take the FIRST steps: healing, getting your priorities in order and begin the fight for your compensation.
How much is my case worth?

Answering this question comes after answering many others first. The worth of your case depends on:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of capacity to earn
  • Pain and suffering
  • How much insurance is available
  • Is there any question as to who is at fault

 

There’s no case worth formula. Unfortunately, we can’t just plug in a few key factors in and come up with a number. Discrepancies in the testimony, injury severity, your employment history, ability to work and life expectancy all play into the potential worth of your case.

 

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Do I have a claim?

That depends. Every case is different. If you’ve suffered an injury due to negligence, you’ve absolutely got a case. If pivotal details aren’t documented, or you’ve waited too long since the time of injury, the strength of your case may be weakened.

 

The only way you can find out is by scheduling a free consultation and talking through your situation with an experienced injury attorney. We work on a no-win, no-fee basis and we'll come to you anywhere in Wisconsin to discuss your case.

 

Related resource: Making a personal injury claim in Wisconsin

 

How much does it cost to get a personal injury attorney?

Personal injury attorney Steve Caya operates with a no-win, no-fee policy. If we can’t help you get compensation for injury, you’ll pay nothing.

 

Related resource: Why you NEED a personal injury attorney to collect the settlement you deserve

 

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How do I deal with insurance companies after an accident?

Notify your insurance carrier immediately. If you weren’t at fault in the accident, you may call the other driver’s insurance company. Guilty parties are sometimes reluctant to report accidents—that’s why you MUST get complete information from the other party when you’re in an accident.

 

Remember, insurance adjusters are trained negotiators. They will try to lowball you and act in the company’s interest. We have decades of experience dealing with insurance claims and adjusters – we’ve got the tools and skills to negotiate insurance settlements in YOUR interest. Give us a call for a free case consultation.

How long will the lawsuit take?

Typically, we try to resolve your case with the insurance company prior to filing a lawsuit. We've won millions of dollars' worth of settlements as compensation for our clients. If we believe it is in your best interests to file a lawsuit, we will do so.

 

Some lawsuits resolve within months, others take longer. The length of the lawsuit depends on the specifics of the case.

 

There’s no cookie-cutter personal injury case – and we’re no cookie-cutter law firm. Contact us for a free consultation. We’ll estimate of the depth of your case. 

How soon should I file a lawsuit?

If it appears resolving a claim for fair compensation without a lawsuit is impossible, then a lawsuit is the next step. The lawsuit should be filed as soon as possible.

 

Priority #1 is getting healthy and recovering from injury. You have 3 years to file. After 3 years (the statute of limitations), you’ll have no opportunity to get compensated for your injuries.

 

That doesn’t mean you can procrastinate and wait 2 years, 7 months to file a claim. The longer you wait, the more evidence slips away—and you lose leverage. Consult an award-winning personal Wisconsin personal injury attorney to learn more.

Can I still get compensation if I'm partially at fault?

Yes. In the state of Wisconsin, share of fault determines the amount of compensation. If your total losses from injury is $10,000 but you are 30% at fault for the accident, you would receive $7,000. This is called a comparative fault system.

 

As long as the other party is at least 50% responsible for the accident, you are entitled to recover compensation. Your best chance of getting the compensation you deserve is with an experienced personal injury attorney fighting for your case.

 

Related resource: 6 things you NEED to know about car accident lawsuits in Wisconsin

Do I really need an attorney?

YES. Don’t even think about tackling this yourself. The amount of your compensation depends on the strength of your representation. The insurance company works with entire teams of lawyers on their side - all with the goal of getting you to settle for a lowball offer.

 

If we don’t help you win, you pay nothing. There’s no reason to go it alone and risk everything. Give us a call or send an email today. We’ll help you garner a settlement you’ll never attain on your own.

Is my case big enough to hire a lawyer?

You won’t know until you fill us in on the details.

 

If you’re looking to be compensated for a pack of band-aids after a slip and fall, your case probably isn’t worth a full-blown lawsuit.

 

Worried about paying your medical bills after breaking your leg or arm due to someone else’s negligence? Chances are, you’ve got a good case and should seek compensation. It wasn’t your fault. You don’t deserve to be saddled with debt and stress.

What should I do after an accident?

Contact our office immediately. We can begin investigating your claim and preserving critical evidence. You should also seek immediate medical treatment to make sure you recover as quickly as possible.

 

The law requires you must mitigate your damages—meaning you have to take necessary steps to improve your physical condition after an injury. Getting quality medical care as soon as possible after an accident is good for your physical well-being and your legal claim.

Will I need to go to court?

Not necessarily. Most of the time personal injury settlements are made outside of court. Rest assured – we pursue all avenues to get you the absolute most for your losses. If it involves taking your case to court, so be it.