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What is Personal Injury?

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The term, "personal injury" is often used, but what exactly does it mean? "Personal Injury" is a blanket term for cases and legal actions relating to harm suffered by one or more individuals. Lawsuits stemming from bodily harm sustained by car accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, defective products, or other incidents involving a lack of due care would all be considered personal injury cases.

In a personal injury case an attorney can help you determine what you and your family's damages are. Basically, damages are the losses which you have incurred because of your injury. These losses can include damage to property, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. In some cases your family may also be eligible for damages such as loss of services and loss of consortium

After coming up with an approximate dollar amount for your damages, your attorney will contact the person or persons who injured you (or their attorneys), as well as any insurance companies (or their attorneys) which cover them. This contact is important for two reasons. First, your attorney will inform these other parties that you are represented by an attorney. Secondly, your attorney will may initiate negotiations with the other side, and try to "settle" your case. If a case is "settled" it means that compromise was reached and you should receive a fair payout without going to trial. Your attorney will work to settle your case with these other parties before actually filing a lawsuit. Sometimes, comprise can be reached at this point and no further action is needed.

If a settlement cannot be agreed upon by your attorney and the other side, your attorney will file a summons and complaint with the court and the other parties, naming the other parties as defendants and initiating a lawsuit against them. A lawsuit can be a complicated process; once filed, your attorney will continue the work he or she started in the settlement phase by further interviewing witnesses and experts, collecting documents and records held by the other side, conducting depositions, and performing many other tasks on your behalf.

At this point a deal can sometimes still be worked out between your attorney and the other side. If not, a trial will eventually be held. You and your attorney will have decided if you want to have a "bench trial" in which a judge renders the decision or a "jury trial" in which your case is presented to a jury which renders the decision. Unless there is an appeal, the judge or jury's decision is one of the last steps in a lawsuit.

Contact an Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney today to explore your options and to help determine what you are entitled to.

* Please note that this is general information only and not intended to be legal advice. If you have questions or need legal advice please setup an appointment with our attorney, or an attorney of your choosing.

Russell is a personal injury attorney with Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers. Russell represents injured clients in Hudson, New Richmond, River Falls, Prescott, Ellsworth, Roberts, Osceola, St. Croix Falls, Menomonie, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and surrounding areas of Wisconsin.

Nicolet Law Firm has offices in Eau Claire, WI, Hudson, WI and Woodbury, MN and handles car accidents and other personal injury claims. For more information call 1-855-NICOLET or visit www.nicoletlaw.com.

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SEE HOW NICOLET LAW MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN OUR CLIENTS’ CASES

CAR ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$50,000.00

CAR ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$1,200,000.00

SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$75,000.00

SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$700,000.00

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$5,000.00

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$180,000.00

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$0.00 - denial

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$159,000.00

DRUNK DRIVING VICTIM

Offer before Nicolet Law
$0.00

DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$815,000.00

UTV ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$5,000.00

UTV ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$250,000.00
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12 locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota to serve you

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Wisconsin Locations:

EAU CLAIRE:

402 Graham Ave.
Suite 305
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone: 715-226-4155
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HUDSON:

517 2nd Street
Unit #205
Hudson, WI 54016

Phone: 715-226-4155
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LA CROSSE:

119 N 19th St S
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: 715-226-4155
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NEW RICHMOND:

1500 Madison Ave.
Suite 220
New Richmond, WI 54017

Phone: 715-226-4155
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RICE LAKE:
337 North Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Phone: 715-226-4155
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RIVER FALLS
215 S 2nd St #20
River Falls, WI 54022

Phone: 715-226-4155
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SUPERIOR:
1200 Tower Ave.
Superior, WI 54880

Phone: 715-226-4155
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WAUSAU:
408 3rd Street
Suite 303
Wausau, WI 54403

Phone: 715-226-4155
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Minnesota Locations:

DULUTH:
306 West Superior Street,
Suite 606 West
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 651-427-3331
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HIBBING:
Howard Court Bldg.
302 Howard Street, Suite 123
Hibbing, MN 55746

Phone: 651-427-3331
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MINNEAPOLIS:
225 South 6th Street
Suite 3900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 651-427-3331
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WOODBURY:
724 Bielenberg Drive
Suite 126
Woodbury, MN 55125

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