The statute of limitations is a time frame by which you must either settle your case or file your claim. Different claims have different statutes of limitations. The date is very important because once that date goes by, your right to recovery is forever barred, even if the insurance company never advised you of the date. Some claims also require that formal “notices” be served on the other party soon after the accident. This might be necessary when a case involves involves a government facility, like a city bus. Because the statute of limitations date is so critical to your rights, it is all the more reason to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you are injured.
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If you have your own automobile insurance, you should contact us. When you purchase a policy, you usually automatically have something called uninsured coverage to protect you in this situation. However, even though your claim will be filed through your “own” insurance company, you might still need the assistance of an attorney. This is because your insurance company is usually interested in limiting the amount it pays out and protecting its own rights, not yours.
We believe it is important to avoid any potential conflicts of interest by never representing defendants and/or insurance companies. You can be assured our central Wisconsin law firm is dedicated to solely protecting the rights of accident victims.
It is important to understand that the defendant’s insurance company will usually not pay your medical bills until your case is settled. You will need an attorney who only handles personal injury cases to help you make sure your bills are properly presented and paid. A combination of health, and sometimes auto insurance, is used in many cases to pay medical expenses before the case is resolved. Payment of medical bills is very important. Who pays and when they pay can be very complicated in accident cases.
You typically have several options. First, if the other driver has insurance, you can resolve your claim through their company. If you are having trouble reaching the other insurance company, you may wish to have your own insurance company handle your property damage claim. You might be allowed to repair your vehicle or it might be “totaled” and you will receive the fair market value for the vehicle before it was damaged. Examples of such values can be found at www.kbb.com and www.nada.com. However, you should contact an attorney before resolving your property damage claim if you have been injured. In fact, you should contact a legal representative before talking to any insurance company. And you should certainly talk to a lawyer before agreeing to give a statement, whether written or recorded, to the insurance company, even if it is your “own” company.
You should hire an experienced personal injury attorney who works to protect the rights of accident victims. The practice of law is very complicated, much like the practice of medicine. While a “general practice” attorney likely has more knowledge about personal injury claims than you do personally, it is important to seek out the advice of an attorney that handles personal injury claims regularly. The practice of law is too vast and complex to competently practice in all areas.
You deserve personal, on-the-spot attention that only an attorney from your central Wisconsin community can provide. Personal injury cases and investigations require a lot of footwork and personal interviews with witnesses, local authorities, and you. Attorneys who do not live and work in your community cannot provide you with the same service and availability when they are operating from a long distance. They generally have very little, if any, contact with their out-of-town clients, and only represent you over the phone or through the mail.
Not necessarily. Our law firm is able to settle most cases before a claim is even filed, let alone before an actual trial in court. However, if the insurance company is not willing to make a fair settlement offer, we will file a claim on your behalf and will continue to represent your rights. You are the one who decides if your case goes to court.
Yes, computer programs are used by an increasing majority of insurance companies to evaluate an injury-related insurance claim. Most injured people, and even many attorneys, do not properly understand how to maximize a computer evaluation. Our central Wisconsin law firm staff is experienced in working with this type of computer software claim and can assist you if the other party’s insurance company uses this computer program.
Insurance companies have teams of adjusters and attorneys working to limit your recovery. They have unlimited money to fight your case and usually will do so, especially if you do not have an attorney. You should contact a personal injury attorney that handles only plaintiffs’ personal injury law to determine whether you need to retain your own attorney to protect your rights.
If you are recovering from an injury, you need to focus on regaining your health. You should not have to negotiate with stubborn insurance companies or compromise with a defendant.
A Wausau personal injury lawyer could lessen the stress and complications associated with collecting compensation, allowing you to recover fully. Call today to learn more about your options.