Every year, tens of thousands of Americans suffer life-changing injuries in car accidents, as well as a wide variety of other situations. In many cases, these injuries occur because of another person’s negligence, or even due to someone’s intentional actions. When someone is responsible for the injuries you or your loved one have suffered, you may be able to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim. Here are a few things you should consider in these types of cases:
- How to Demonstrate Negligence: In order to receive the compensation you deserve, you and your attorney will need to be able to show that your injury was the direct result of someone’s negligence. Your lawyer can work with you to obtain the evidence necessary to demonstrate negligence. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, your attorney can seek out security camera footage, statements from witnesses, police reports, and any other information that will be beneficial to your case.
- How to Calculate a Reasonable Settlement: Your attorney can work with you to help you gain a complete understanding of the damages you have suffered and the amount of compensation that you should receive. In addition to covering expenses related to immediate or ongoing medical treatment, your settlement may also address rehabilitation expenses, loss of income while recovering, loss of capacity to earn a living, future medical care, property damage, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering.
- Punitive Damages: In some personal injury cases, the actions of the person responsible may be considered egregious, and punitive damages may be appropriate. These damages are meant to punish the at-fault party and discourage them from similar behavior in the future. Punitive damages may be appropriate in car accident cases in which a person was driving while intoxicated or in other situations where a person showed a clear disregard for other people’s safety.
- Be Patient: In the aftermath of a serious injury, it is understandable to be concerned about your family’s finances. However, while it may be tempting to accept a settlement offered by an insurance company, these initial offers are often much lower than what would be appropriate to address your financial needs. By consulting with an attorney, you can gain a full understanding of the damages you should be able to receive. We can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that you receive fair and just compensation.
Contact an Appleton, WI Personal Injury Attorney
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we understand the difficulties that a serious injury can cause to your family. We will work with you to gather the necessary evidence that shows that your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, and we will advocate for you to receive financial compensation that fully addresses your damages. To schedule a free consultation with our understanding Green Bay personal injury lawyers, call our office today at 920-739-7366.