Damages refer to the injuries or losses that you or your family suffers in an accident involving personal injuries. In order for you to claim damages, another person or business must have acted in a negligent way so as to cause your injuries. When this situation occurs, you may be entitled to different kinds of damages under Wisconsin law, to the extent that you can show proof or evidence of your injuries or other damages.
Compensatory damages are the most common type of damages that a person suffers in a personal injury lawsuit. For instance, assume that an individual is speeding and hits your vehicle, causing you to break some bones, undergo surgery, and miss work for six weeks. In this situation, you may have a claim against the individual who caused the accident for compensatory damages such as medical bills. Your compensable medical expenses may include the costs of ambulance transport from the scene of the accident to the hospital, emergency room care, surgical expenses, the costs of rehabilitation or physical therapy, and prescription and medical equipment costs. In terms of lost wages, you may have a claim for the six weeks of lost salary or wages that you suffered due to your injuries.
Pain and suffering is another type of damages that might be available to you in a Wisconsin personal injury action. Many accidents are highly traumatic, particularly if you or a family member has suffered significant injuries. Therefore, you may be able to claim damages for mental pain and anguish due to the circumstances surrounding the accident.
While some personal injury claims may seem relatively straightforward to you, there is the likelihood that the insurance company handling your claim will do everything possible to minimize the payout on your claim, no matter what type of damages you are claiming. The Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughn will meet with you at no cost in order to the facts relevant to your situation. Once we have heard all of these facts, we can evaluate your claim and the settlement offer that you have received from the insurance company, if any. We will assess your claim and place a value on it in order to get the maximum payout to which you are entitled from the insurance company. Take the first step and call our office today to set up your free consultation with one of our Wisconsin personal injury lawyers.