Frequently Asked Questions
- Do not say anything that implies you are at fault.
- Cooperate with the police during the investigation.
- If you are injured, you should seek medical care as soon as possible.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Do not give a recorded statement to any insurance company before speaking to a lawyer.
- If there are visible signs of injury, take photographs.
- Take photographs of the damage to your car.
- Write down anything the other driver may have said to you.
- Resist any insurance companys attempt to settle your claim immediately after the accident.
- Call our office immediately.
Yes, you need the skill and experience of a personal injury law firm on your side.
PKSDs team of lawyers, paralegals, investigators and experts provide the support and resources your case needs. It is difficult to make decisions after you or your loved one have been injured.
Often times, people are distracted and confused. The insurance company will attempt to contact you as soon as possible after the injury has occurred.
- Do you know what your rights are?
- Do you know how to protect yourself or your loved one?
- Are you prepared for the time and energy it will take to deal with the insurance company?
Most people answer no to all three of these questions. We can help relieve the stress of dealing with the insurance companys questions and paperwork, protect your rights and allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries.
Our firms experience and expertise will protect you. We are The Serious Injury Lawyers.
Immediately. Your case needs to be investigated right away. Evidence needs to be preserved. We want to obtain statements from witnesses because memories fade.
You dont want to risk losing important evidence.
The scene of the accident can change. We advise you on how to properly document your injuries. Dont jeopardize your case, contact us immediately.
Because we focus solely on representing injured people. We have the skill, passion, experience and expertise you need.
Our team of attorneys, nurse attorneys, paralegals, investigators and experts is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We return your phone calls promptly, make home visits when necessary and treat your case as if it was our own.
You can trust us to do what is right for you and your case.
There is no retainer fee or down payment to hire PKSD. We work on a contingent fee. Our fee is contingent upon you recovering damages for your injuries. If there is no recovery, there is no fee.
Our fee is 1/3 of the recovery plus the costs incurred in the prosecution of your case.
We advance the costs to pursue your claim and dont get reimbursed for these costs until the end of the case.
This is one of the first questions we often hear from clients. There is no simple answer. But, we will determine a range of value based upon our years of skill, experience and expertise in handling thousands of personal injury claims. However, that evaluation can only be made after we know the full extent of your injuries, we know the total medical bills incurred, the amount of wages lost and if a permanent injury is involved.
We would be pleased to discuss these factors with you. Our skill, experience and expertise will help maximize the value of your case.
We can meet you at your home, office, or even the hospital. We know that traveling may be a hardship for you and your family. We will accommodate you in any reasonable fashion. We are at your service.
Probably not. Most cases are settled before a lawsuit is filed. However, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit to protect your rights and obtain full compensation for your injuries. If a lawsuit must be filed, most cases settle before you would go to court.
The period of time it takes to settle depends upon the nature of the accident and the extent of your injuries. We will attempt to settle your case after you have completed medical treatment, medical opinions are final and we know the extent of all of your damages.
Once the claim is submitted to the insurance company for settlement, it usually takes the insurance company about thirty (30) days to contact us with its response.
If the insurance company denies liability or damages, a lawsuit may be necessary. Obviously, if a lawsuit is filed, it will extend the period of time before any resolution. You should remain patient and firm in your pursuit of full compensation for your damages.
It depends upon your financial situation. In order to properly protect your assets, you should have liability coverage greater than the Wisconsin statutory minimum of $25,000.00. You may want to purchase medical payments coverage if you either have no health insurance or limited health insurance. You should maximize the amount of uninsured motorist coverage (UM) and underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) available. You should consider purchasing an umbrella policy of insurance which is surprisingly inexpensive.
Uninsured motorist coverage protects you and your family if you happen to be injured by a driver that has no insurance. Wisconsin does not require drivers to have automobile insurance. If you are insured, your policy must provide minimum UM coverage of $25,000.00. You should increase your UM limits as high as possible. It is the least expensive coverage you can buy. It provides financial protection for you and your loved ones in case of a severe injury caused by an uninsured driver.
Underinsured motorist coverage protects you and your family for injuries that may exceed the amount of the at fault drivers insurance. You should increase the UIM limits as high as possible also. It is also inexpensive to purchase this coverage. UIM will protect you or your family in the event of severe injury. The benefit of this insurance protection far exceeds its cost.