Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyers
Have you suffered an injury caused by someone else's reckless actions?
You may be owed compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages you suffered as a result of your injury. Recovering the compensation you are owed can be a time-consuming, painstaking process that is very difficult to manage on your own. This is why you could benefit from working with a trusted and knowledgeable Milwaukee personal injury lawyer.
The injury attorneys at PKSD have more than 150 years of combined experience representing the injured and have recovered fair compensation for victims of many types of personal injury incidents. Partner Jeffrey A. Pitman has been recognized by numerous legal organizations for the results he has achieved for PKSD clients. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which indicates the highest level of professional excellence, as rated by peers in the industry. Pitman is also a past president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.
Your consultation with our reputable lawyers is free and there is no obligation to move forward. We do not charge for our services unless you receive the favorable compensation you deserve. Our office is located at 1110 N Old World 3rd St, right by the Milwaukee River and just a half mile from the Milwaukee Municipal Court.
Contact a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today by calling 877-877-2228.
Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
You may be thinking about hiring a lawyer to represent you as you pursue fair compensation for the damages you have suffered. However, you might be wondering why you need an attorney.
There are many benefits to working with a lawyer on your case. For example, an attorney can:
Represent You on Contingency
This means there are no upfront fees you have to pay. Your personal injury attorney in Milwaukee will work for you on contingency, which means you do not owe anything unless you receive compensation.
The contingency fee arrangement allows injury victims to not worry about how to pay for a lawyer. They can instead focus on recovering from their injury and allowing their attorney to pursue fair compensation.
Discuss Your Situation in a Free Consultation
At PKSD, we offer a free, no obligation legal consultation. This allows you discuss what happened with a skilled attorney so he or she can determine your legal options and compensation you may be owed.
There is also no obligation to pursue a case. We will explain your options and what we think would be in your best interests and you can decide whether or not you want to move forward.
Manage the Entire Legal Process
Our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers know how time-consuming and complicated the legal process can become, no matter the circumstances of your injury. You have enough to worry about with recovering from your injury and trying to support yourself and your family even though your monthly income has been diminished because you were unable to work for a period of time after your injury.
This is why we will manage every aspect of the legal process on your behalf. This includes negotiating with the insurance company, investigating the accident, collecting evidence, talking to witnesses, filing documents that need to be filed, and anything else having to do with your case.
We will keep you informed every step of the way and let you know what we need from you to keep the process moving forward.
Pursue Fair Compensation
Insurance companies often reach out to personal injury victims right after the accident to attempt to settle. They know that victims may likely accept whatever is offered out of fear that they will not get a better offer.
This is why it can help to have a personal injury lawyer in Milwaukee working with you. The attorney can manage negotiations with the insurance company and will not accept unfair compensation offers. We will carefully review your situation to determine all damages suffered and a fair valuation of those damages.
Contact the legal team at PKSD today by calling 877-877-2228.
What is my Case Worth?
One of the common questions personal injury victims have is: what is my case worth?
The answer depends on a variety of factors, including the damages you suffered, the value of those damages, and the limits of the insurance policy.
There are various damages you can pursue in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, including:
This is the main form of compensation people pursue in a personal injury case. If you can prove another party is liable for your injury, your Milwaukee personal injury lawyer should be able to recover compensation for all medical bills for your treatment, including bills for:
- Hospital visits
- Doctor visits
- Prescription medications
- Medical equipment, such as a wheelchair
- Testing, including MRIs, x-rays and CT scans
- Mileage to the doctor's office
- Transportation in an ambulance
Often, injury victims are unable to work for a period of time after their injury. Victims may also miss work because they need to go to the doctor for treatment.
Fortunately, you can pursue compensation for your lost wages. You will need documentation of the days you missed work, your regular rate of pay, and a statement from your employer that you missed work because of your injury.
Pain and Suffering
Sometimes you are able to pursue compensation for physical and mental pain and suffering you experience because of your injury. This includes anxiety, trouble sleeping, or depression you experience because of your injury.
These damages are tough to document because there are no bills for them, unlike medical expenses. Our attorneys may recommend keeping a journal where you explain what you are feeling physically and emotionally. Pictures of your injuries during your recovery can also help to document physical and mental pain and suffering.
Lost Earning Capacity
Some injuries are so severe they result in lifelong physical or mental limitations that make everyday life difficult. This could affect your ability to continue working in the same capacity as before. You may have to get a job in a different field than the one you were in before your injury. This can affect your future earning capacity.
A Milwaukee personal injury attorney may be able to pursue compensation for the money you would have earned if you had not suffered an injury.
These are reserved for special situations when the injury resulted from extreme negligence, maliciousness or reckless disregard for human life. Punitive damages do not compensate the victim for his or her damages. These are intended to punish the liable party and help prevent others from engaging in similar behavior in the future.
Contact PKSD right now to discuss your legal options.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Milwaukee?
Many personal injury claims are resolved through insurance claims. However, sometimes the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, or the accident itself is not covered by insurance. When this happens, your last resort may be to file a lawsuit.
However, there is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit because of Wisconsin's statute of limitations. This is a deadline for filing a lawsuit, and once it passes, you lose the right to pursue compensation through a lawsuit.
Wisconsin's personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident.
Wisconsin's personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. Under the discovery rule, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until you have sufficient evidence that negligence occurred. This happens in some personal injury cases, when the victim does not know he or she has grounds for a lawsuit. However, once you have sufficient evidence that you were a victim of negligence, the statute of limitations will begin to run.
This statute covers most personal injury cases. There is a separate statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases. Under this law, the lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of the injury or one year from the date the injury was discovered or should have been discovered through the exercise of reasonable diligence, whichever is later. This means there is an exception for situations when you were not aware you had grounds for a lawsuit. If one year from the date you discovered you had grounds for a lawsuit is more than three years from the date of your injury, you can still file a lawsuit.
You may be thinking that three years is a long time, but it can pass much faster than you think. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to help ensure he or she has enough time to build a strong case in defense of your best interests.
Call PKSD today to set up your free legal consultation. Complete a Free Case Evaluation form.
Damage Caps for Personal Injury Cases
Another factor that affects the worth of your case is Wisconsin's damage caps. In a medical malpractice case, non-economic damages are capped at $750,000 (Wisconsin Statutes 893.55). This means you cannot recover more than $750,000 for your non-economic damages, which are damages that do not have a defined economic value, such as pain and suffering.
Wisconsin also places a cap on the amount of punitive damages you can recover for a personal injury. Under state law, punitive damages cannot exceed $200,000 or twice the amount of compensatory damages, whichever amount is greater.
Our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers will pursue all of the compensation you are entitled, up to any limits imposed by state law. We know how valuable compensation can be as you are recovering from an injury.
What to Do After a Personal Injury?
When a personal injury occurs, there are several steps you can take to begin building a case against the party that is responsible for your injury. Many people do not realize their actions in the aftermath of an injury can have a major effect on their chances of recovering fair compensation.
Some of the steps you should strongly consider taking include:
- Getting medical treatment – As soon as possible, you need to be examined by a trained medical professional who can do a proper evaluation and diagnose all your injuries and symptoms. The sooner you do this, the better. When insurance companies and attorneys for the other party review your case, they will find out when you sought treatment. If you wait, they will argue you were not really hurt or are just out to get money. They will say you were injured because of something besides the accident in question. Make sure to inform your doctor how you were injured. He or she will note it on your medical records, which will be an important piece of evidence in your case.
- Gathering evidence – If you are physically able and it is safe to do so, collect evidence at the scene before you leave or are transported away in an ambulance. Take pictures of the area where you were injured, capturing any hazards or obstacles that caused the accident that led to your injury. Take pictures of your injuries and any damage to your clothes. You should also write down what happened while it is fresh in your memory. Talk to witnesses and take notes on what they saw.
- Reporting your accident – If you were injured in a car accident, the police will likely be dispatched to the scene. If the police are not called, you should file a police or accident report. This will serve as official documentation of what happened. Without an accident report, it may be difficult to recover the compensation you deserve.
- Continuing your treatment – When the doctor prescribes medication, you should take it. If you are referred to a specialist for testing or further examination, make sure to follow up and do those things. Failing to follow the doctor's orders could hurt your chances of recovering compensation. The other side could argue you are not hurt.
- Filing an insurance claim – If the accident is covered by insurance, you need to file a claim right away. Insurance companies sometimes have deadlines for filing claims. However, when you talk to the insurance company, do not say too much. Explain that you were injured in an accident and are seeking treatment. Give the date, time and location of the accident and nothing else. You should avoid signing anything or giving a recorded statement. If you do either of these things, you could be limiting the amount of compensation you can recover.
- Contacting an experienced attorney – Personal injury claims are very difficult to manage on your own. This is why you should strongly consider hiring an attorney to represent you. The Milwaukee personal injury attorneys know how to defend your best interests and pursue fair compensation.
Contact PKSD today by completing a Free Case Evaluation form.
Comparative Negligence Law
There are some cases when the victim has some level of responsibility for what happened. This often happens in car accident cases, when the victim made an illegal maneuver or violated traffic laws just before the accident. The crash may have occurred anyway, but the victim's actions might have made his or her injuries worse.
In these types of situations, your percentage of fault can affect the amount of compensation you are able to recover. This is because of Wisconsin's law on comparative negligence. Under this law, you cannot recover any compensation if you are 51 percent or more at fault. If you are less than 51 percent at fault, your amount of compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. If you are 20 percent at fault, your total compensation award will be reduced by 20 percent.
This often comes up in lawsuits, but insurance companies may also apply this law. Our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers have detailed knowledge of this law and will work to build a strong case so you are not assigned any more fault than you deserve. We want you to receive all the compensation you are entitled.
Call 877-877-2228 to determine your legal options after a personal injury.
Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
When you file a personal injury claim, you must prove your injuries resulted from another party's negligence. There are different types of personal injury claims, but generally, there are four elements of negligence you must prove to recover compensation:
- Duty of care – This means the at-fault party owed you a duty to act in a reasonable way to help prevent you from getting hurt. The duty of care varies depending on the situation. For example, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident, we must prove the property owner had a duty to keep you safe by maintaining the property.
- Breach of duty of care – Our personal injury lawyers in Milwaukee must show the duty of care was breached. A duty of care can be breached because of the at-fault party's actions or his or her failure to act.
- Causation – We must be able to link your injuries to the other party's actions. In other words, we must show your injuries would not have occurred without the other party's actions.
- Damages – There must be some type of damage you suffered as a result of your injuries, such as medical bills, lost wages or lost earning capacity.
Proving all of these elements is difficult and requires a detailed understanding of the law, personal injury cases, and an in-depth investigation. A personal injury lawyer in Milwaukee can handle each of these elements on your behalf.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injuries happen in a variety of situations and they are caused by many types of reckless, negligent conduct by other parties. Some of the most common types of personal injury accidents and situations include:
- Car accidents – This includes many types of accidents, from distracted driving and drunk driving crashes to accidents involving speeding. Our Milwaukee car accident lawyers are prepared to represent victims of many types of accidents, pursuing the compensation you deserve.
- Motorcycle crashes – These are some of the most dangerous traffic accidents because riders have nothing protecting them except their helmets and any protective gear they are wearing. These crashes often result in serious injury or death.
- Truck accidents – Truck drivers are pressured to meet unrealistic deadlines and this leads to speeding, drowsy driving and other dangerous behaviors. When these large vehicles crash into much smaller passenger vehicles, occupants can suffer death or life-changing injury. Our Milwaukee truck accident lawyers understand the complexities of these cases.
- Slip and fall accidents – These can happen in a variety of locations, from shopping malls and parking lots to public areas, like pools or parks. These accidents have many causes, from snow and ice to wet floors, debris, or bad lighting. These may seem like minor accidents, but they can cause months or years of pain and suffering.
- Nursing home abuse – Our licensed Milwaukee personal injury attorneys have detailed knowledge of the complexities of these cases. We know how devastating it can be for families to discover their elder loved ones have been abused. Partner Jeffrey A. Pitman is part of the Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and a past member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
- Defective product accidents – When consumers are injured while using a product as it was intended to be used, they may have a claim against the manufacturer, designer or another party in the chain of distribution.
- Medical negligence – These are some of the most complicated, time-consuming cases. They involve various types of negligence committed by medical professionals who are supposed to be ensuring the well-being of their patients.
- Dog bites – Dog bites can cause severe injuries that could affect you for a long time. In some situations, the owner could be held liable for the damages suffered by the victim.
If you suffered a personal injury in these or any other situations, contact a personal injury lawyer in Milwaukee for a free, no obligation legal consultation.
Contact a Trusted Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered a personal injury, it can affect your life in numerous ways, physically, financially and emotionally. Our attorneys at PKSD understand what you are going through – we have helped many injury victims recover from these situations.
At PKSD, you are entitled to a free, no obligation legal consultation to discuss what happened. If you have grounds for a case, you can decide whether you want to move forward. If you choose to go ahead, we can take it from there. We can guide you through every step of the legal process to pursue the fair compensation you deserve.
You will not be charged for our services unless you receive favorable compensation.