Protecting The Rights Of New Richmond Car Accident Victims
A car crash can do far more than ruin your day; it can threaten to ruin the rest of your life. Your fight is only just beginning if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. The insurance companies are already gearing up to minimize your compensation or deny it entirely. As you begin taking the steps necessary to put your life back together after an accident, making sure you have a proven attorney fighting for you is a crucial first step.
In New Richmond and surrounding western Wisconsin communities, you can turn to the New Richmond car accident lawyers of Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers to look out for your interests above all else. We will not be satisfied until we have obtained a settlement or jury award that provides you with the full compensation you deserve for your medical bills, your pain and suffering, your lost wages, and more.
We pursue car accident injury claims stemming from all types of auto accidents, including:
- T-bone accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Hit-and-run crashes
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Inattentive and distracted driving accidents
Going Beyond The Numbers
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there are 353 crashes per day in our state. Assuming at least one person per car, that is over 700 people per day who could be injured by car accidents in our state. Some of them may suffer catastrophic injuries that could change their lives forever. Negligent drivers may take the lives of others, leaving grieving loved ones behind. These altered or ended lives are more than statistics. At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we focus on making things right for injury victims and the loved ones of fatal accident victims.
We will not be satisfied until we obtain the full financial compensation our clients need now and for the rest of their lives. Catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries will generate lifelong costs associated with in-home care, ongoing medical procedures and rehabilitation. If the insurance company is unwilling to negotiate in good faith, we will be prepared to go to trial to make things right for you.
New Richmond Car Accident FAQs
Many New Richmond residents commute to the Twin Cities for work, driving an hour each way on Highways 64 and 35 five days per week. With all that driving, New Richmond commuters and others who share the road with them are bound to get into car accidents, and some will inevitably suffer serious or fatal injuries.
After a New Richmond-area car accident, crash victims and their loved ones have lots of questions about their legal rights and options for seeking compensation. Below, we answer some common questions we hear from clients who have suffered car accident injuries. For answers to detailed questions about a New Richmond motor vehicle accident that harmed you or your family, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer today.
Do I have a New Richmond car accident claim?
If you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by someone else’s dangerous decisions or actions, then chances are you have the right to take legal action seeking compensation. A skilled lawyer can help you take that action, which may consist of pursuing a third-party insurance claim or suing the at-fault party in court.
It isn’t always easy to know if you have a claim after getting hurt in a New Richmond car accident. The best way to find out is to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
What can a New Richmond car accident claim pay for?
Every New Richmond car accident claim differs, but in general, you may recover compensation from the at-fault party for:
- Your past and future medical expenses for treating your car accident injuries;
- Other past and future expenses you face because of the harm you suffered in the accident;
- Any wages or income you fail to earn because of your injuries; and
- Your pain, suffering, and other life challenges resulting from the accident and the harm it caused you.
A car accident claim can also sometimes seek punitive damages, which aim to punish the party at fault for your crash.
How much is my New Richmond car accident claim worth?
It depends on several factors, including the severity of your injuries, the strength of the evidence, and the financial ability of the at-fault parties to pay you compensation. Generally speaking, people who sustain severe injuries can seek more compensation than those who sustain lesser ones, because medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering increase the worse an injury gets.
That does not always mean that a New Richmond car accident victim will receive the full scope of damages they deserve, however. To receive maximum compensation, the victim’s lawyer must prove a claim, and the party at fault must have insurance or assets sufficient to pay the amount owed.
Talk to a skilled New Richmond car accident lawyer as soon as you can to learn more about the potential range compensation you can reasonably hope to receive.
I only suffered minor injuries in a car accident. Can I settle my claim myself?
We wouldn’t recommend it. People who try to negotiate car accident settlements on their own, without the help of a skilled lawyer, almost always shortchange themselves. Insurance companies take advantage of victims’ lack of experience and knowledge about car accident claims, and usually convince those victims to agree to a settlement for far less money than they deserve. New Richmond car accident victims who put their claims in the hands of a trusted attorney can almost always count on receiving a better settlement from an insurance company than they ever could have negotiated on their own.
Additionally, don’t be so sure that you only suffered minor accident injuries. Some serious car accident injuries may not begin showing symptoms right away. That’s why it’s always important to seek medical care as soon as possible after any New Richmond car accident, even one you think you escaped unscathed. A doctor can examine you for the full range of potential injuries, and begin treating them before they worsen.
How do I pay medical expenses while I wait for my claim to get resolved?
You may have several options for paying your medical expenses. Your own auto, health, and/or long-term disability insurance coverage may step in and pay for your care while you pursue legal action against the at-fault party. If you succeed in securing compensation from the at-fault party, your insurance companies may have a right to reimbursement of the money they paid, through a legal principle called subrogation.
If you do not carry insurance that covers your medical causes, you may have the option of making payment arrangements with your medical providers to delay payment until your claim gets resolved.
Speak with a skilled car accident lawyer right away if you have questions about paying for medical care while you wait for a settlement or judgment in your case.
My loved one died in a New Richmond car accident. What are my rights?
You may have the right to sue the at-fault party for compensation in a legal claim called a wrongful death action. Wisconsin law permits a personal representative of the decedent’s estate, a spouse, or a child of the decedent to file such a claim. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you may recover damages you have suffered because of the loss of your loved one.
Contact a skilled car accident lawyer right away if your loved one has died tragically in a New Richmond car accident. You may have limited time to pursue a wrongful death claim.
When do I need to hire a car accident lawyer after getting hurt in an accident in New Richmond?
As soon as possible. In most instances, the law gives you three years after the crash to file a claim, but a skilled lawyer may need to take legal action on your behalf far sooner than that to preserve your rights and to obtain evidence crucial to proving your claim. A lawyer can also offer valuable information and advice during a difficult time in your life, and can take over many of the legal and insurance-related tasks that you do not have the knowledge or bandwidth to handle on your own.
Let Us Help You
Our dedicated personal injury lawyers are ready to take on the insurance companies and maximize your compensation. Call the New Richmond office today at 715-226-6164 or email us to schedule your free consultation. We don’t collect any fees unless we collect compensation for you.
New Richmond Office
1500 Madison Ave.
New Richmond, WI 54017