Award-Winning Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Unfolding in mere seconds, an auto accident can change a victim’s life forever. While experiencing the accident is bad enough, a serious injury can lead to long-term consequences, including lost wages, a lengthy rehabilitation period, and mounting medical expenses.
At Nicolet Law Office, much of our personal injury practice revolves around helping those who have been injured in Wisconsin car crashes, truck accidents, and other types of motor vehicle accidents. Our team of skilled attorneys is committed to taking care of our clients’ claims and cases, so that they can focus on their recovery.
Each of our attorneys is passionate, experienced, and aggressive in securing maximum compensation for our clients. We invite you to read what some of our past clients have to say and give us a call to discuss your needs.
How Nicolet Law Helps Accident Victims Recover
At Nicolet Law Office, our compassionate personal injury attorneys are dedicated to supporting our clients through every stage of their case. With our attentive service and assertive legal representation, we are prepared to help our clients:
- Avoid harassing calls and letters from medical debt collectors
- Minimize interactions with insurance companies
- Secure compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property repair, and other needs
With eight convenient office locations across Wisconsin, we are proud to offer the personalized service that you expect from local attorneys. After we help you understand all of your legal options, we will leverage the legal system to ensure you have access to the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries.
“Russell handled our case with promptness, courtesy and a high degree of professionalism. I would gladly recommend his services to my friends and business associates.” Read More Client Testimonials.
Wisconsin Injury Lawyers Committed to Their Clients
Led by award-winning accident and injury lawyer Russell Nicolet, our legal team provides powerful representation to accident victims facing lifelong injuries across Wisconsin. We handle all kinds of car accident claims, including those that involve:
- Car accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Crashes caused by drunk drivers
- Semi-truck accidents
- Boating accidents
- ATV and recreational vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
Our compassionate attorneys will take care of dealing with insurance companies so you can focus on getting better. At Nicolet Law Office, our primary goal is to seek the compensation you deserve.
Common Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Millions of people sustain injuries in motor vehicle accidents every year. Some injuries may resolve quickly and not require medical treatment. Other injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), could permanently affect a victim’s life and never fully heal.
If you or a loved one have been in a motor vehicle accident, it is crucial to seek medical treatment immediately. While many injuries can take days or weeks to appear, obtaining early medical care can help relieve or prevent the worst health consequences.
Soft tissue injuries: Soft-tissue damage can cause pain, swelling, and bruising around the injured area. Rear-end car accidents tend to result in whiplash, a common soft tissue injury in the neck. Other soft-tissue injuries include contusions, sprains, and strains.
Broken bones: Motor vehicle collisions often result in fractures and broken bones. Some of the bones most at-risk of being fractured include the ribs, the femur, the collarbone, and the pelvis.
Back injuries: Spinal cord injuries may not be evident right away, but severe damage can result in loss of function or paralysis. Accident victims who have experienced trauma to the head or neck should receive immediate medical care in case a spinal injury has occurred.
Head injuries: Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits, according to the CDC. Common TBI symptoms include difficulty concentrating, mood changes, sensitivity to light or sound, dizziness, and loss of coordination.
Our experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys help victims who have sustained all kinds of injuries. No matter what issues our clients face, whether it be dealing with insurance companies or seeking compensation for medical bills, we will guide them toward a full physical and financial recovery.
When to File a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim in Wisconsin
Every state has its own statutes of limitations, which set strict deadlines for a victim’s right to bring a lawsuit to court. Wisconsin has a few different statutes related to motor vehicle accidents. These timelines can change and there are some exceptions, including an extended period of time for minor children. We recommend consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
If someone sustains an injury in a motor vehicle accident, Wisconsin Statutes section 893.54 states that he or she must file a lawsuit within three years of the accident date.
The same statute applies to wrongful death claims following fatal accidents. However, if a motor vehicle crash results in someone’s death, a family member or representative of the deceased has only two years to file a claim in court. Wrongful death claims also must be filed within two years of the accident victim’s death, rather than the accident date.
Similar to injury claims following a motor vehicle accident, Wisconsin Statutes section 893.52 dictates that individuals seeking compensation for property damage have three years to file a lawsuit.
The skilled attorneys at Nicolet Law Office believe accident victims should not have to worry about missing their case’s deadline. When you work with us, we will help you meet any deadlines relevant to your case so that you can focus on your health and well-being.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Wisconsin
If you are in an accident, the first thing you should do is call law enforcement. They have trained as a first responder to help assess immediate medical needs and can request emergency medical services (like an ambulance), if necessary.
Law enforcement will often take witness statements, photographs, and may even issue citations at the scene. It is very helpful for law enforcement to interview witnesses and drivers at this point because witnesses may leave without giving important information. Furthermore, most times an at-fault driver will give an accurate and truthful account at the scene because they feel sorry and have not had time to talk to their insurance company (who may advise them not to admit anything).
If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately. Adrenaline may mask some or all of a victim’s injuries following the event, so you need a medical professional to evaluate you. It is possible to further injure yourself by not receiving immediate treatment, and you may miss valuable time to get medical card. Additionally, the insurance company may try to argue you were not really injured if you didn’t seek medical attention promptly.
Take photos of the damage. You should take and save photos of the vehicle’s damage as well as any bruises, cuts, and bumps you may have sustained. The vehicles may be totaled and later discarded, so we recommend taking photos right away.
Download data from the vehicle’s Blackbox. In some cases, it may be a good idea to have the crash data downloaded from the vehicles. This can provide accurate information about speeds, braking, and impact. You will likely need a professional to do this for you.
Follow through with your medical provider’s recommended treatment plan. Even though some of the advice may be frustrating, overwhelming, or time consuming, following the medical provider’s advice will aid your recovery. Otherwise, an insurance company may try to discount your injuries if they can argue that you did not follow the recommended treatment plan.
Do not give statements to the other driver’s insurance without first consulting a lawyer. These statements are generally not helpful to you, and the questions may be unfair to someone who is trying to recover. It is possible for these questions to be used against you when the other driver’s insurance company tries to put blame on you or even claim you were not injured.
We advise accident victims to arrange a free consult with an attorney soon after an accident. There is no risk to a free consultation with a lawyer, and there is no replacement for a lawyer’s advice specifically tailored to your situation.
Contact Our Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you were injured by a negligent or reckless driver in Wisconsin, you deserve compensation. To learn about your legal options from a skilled Wisconsin auto accident attorney, call us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET. You can also contact our law firm online.
We have diligent lawyers ready to help you with your injury case today. If you are too injured to travel, we can make arrangements to come to you.