Everyone has seen the television commercials, billboards, and phone book ads that personal injury attorneys use to get new clients. Each of these attorneys seems emphasize how he or she can get you the most compensation for your injuries, which will financially help you and your family for years to come. The reality is, however, that these advertisements don’t tell the full story about pursuing a personal injury claim and being awarded damages. These advertisements tend to perpetuate common myths about personal injury claims in general.
One common belief is that if you get that big personal injury settlement, you and your family will be financially secure for the rest of your life. While there are personal injury claims that result in million or multimillion dollar settlements or jury awards, those types of claims are not common. Most personal injury settlements are for relatively modest amounts of money. Plus, even if you do receive a larger settlement, there are certain expenses that will come out of that settlement, including medical bills, costs of ongoing medical care or long-term care, medical equipment, and attorney fees and costs. Once these expenses are paid, you may still have some money, but it is unlikely in most cases that you will be able to solely live off your settlement for the rest of your life.
Another myth about personal injury claims is that if you are hurt in a car accident, then you are entitled to a personal injury award or settlement. Not every accident is the result of someone’s negligence, or failure to take due care, given the circumstances. Negligence is a necessary element of typical personal injury claims. If there was no negligence by any other person or entity, then can be no personal injury claim.
When any type of vehicle accident occurs as a result of a driver’s negligence, and causes injury to you or your loved one, you may have a claim for damages under Wisconsin law. However, there are strict time limits on personal injury claims in the state of Wisconsin, and you can lose your right to compensation if you do not consult an experienced lawyer in time. Don’t delay in contacting the Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan, and set up your free consultation today.