Rice Lake Car Accident Lawyer
You may never imagine that a tragic car accident will happen to you. However, when you suffer severe injuries or lose a close loved one due to a dangerous driver, it can forever change your life. From ongoing medical care to a large void, the reckless actions of another person demand accountability. A Rice Lake car accident lawyer from Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers can help you fight for compensation and justice.
Examples of Our Success
At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we treat each client with respect and care. The following cases demonstrate our commitment to our clients and our quest for justice. However, these cases do not indicate nor predict the exact outcome of your civil case.
- Car accident: Initial settlement offer, $50,000. The final result, with our help, was $1.2 million.
- Car accident: Initial settlement offer of $115,000. The final result, with our help, was $1,117,000.
- Drunk driving accident victim: Initial settlement offer was nothing; zero. The final result, with our help, was $815,000.
This does not constitute a complete list of our award-winning success. While each case varies in details and outcomes, we stand ready to help fight just as hard for your case.
Types of Compensation Possible for Car Accident Victims
As personal injury and wrongful death lawyers, we typically fight for the following types of compensation:
- Current medical costs and future, ongoing medical costs associated with your care
- Lost wages for the time spent recovering
- Loss of earning potential if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Final medical costs for your loved one
- Lost income that your spouse provided
- Loss of potential future earnings had your loved one survived
- Loss of inheritance for children
- Loss of companionship
Your lawyer will review the details of your Rice Lake car accident—and how it affected your life. This information helps to determine the best legal approach to your case.
Accident victims should never accept less than the full value of their claims. An initial settlement offer by an insurance adjuster may seem like a quick fix to your financial situation.
Accepting a settlement check closes your claim. Accident victims who accept a settlement from an insurance company may not seek further compensation if their condition worsens.
The reality for most Rice Lake car accident victims is that their severe injuries may require future medical care. Preparing for your future needs is why protecting your best interests now constitutes a vital part of your claim.
Hiring a lawyer from Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers alleviates the stress of your important legal decisions. Your lawyer works with you, keeping you informed throughout the negotiation and, if necessary, the trial process.
Nicolet Law no longer handles Disability or Bankruptcy cases.
Common Dangers Along Wisconsin Roadways
A Wisconsin driver’s license is a privilege that comes with responsibilities, such as obeying traffic laws. However, getting behind the wheel of a car while impaired or failing to maintain control of the vehicle can cause serious harm to others. Some accidents result in death, leaving families with enormous grief and funeral costs.
One of the most significant dangers in the Rice Lake region and throughout the state is impaired driving. Drunk driving continues to top the list of common causes of Wisconsin accidents. Despite the known dangers, drivers take risks by driving rather than calling a friend or rideshare.
The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level for Wisconsin is .08 percent or higher. It is illegal for anyone age 21 and older to drive at or above this level. Unfortunately, legal consequences, such as fines, jail time, and a loss of license, sometimes fail to deter someone from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving kills one person in the United States every 52 minutes. Severe injuries and deaths due to drunk driving are preventable, making your situation maddening.
If you suffered severe harm or loss due to a drunk driver, contact Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers. Our compassionate and caring team of professionals will respond quickly to your request for a free case consultation.
Other examples of dangerous drivers include:
- Distracted drivers: Smartphones and other devices, eating, or reaching for objects are all forms of distraction. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists three main forms of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive.
- Aggressive drivers: Speeding, changing lanes without signaling, and purposely tailgating all constitute forms of aggressive driving. When tempers flare, aggressive driving can escalate into road rage.
- Exhausted drivers: Drowsy drivers pose a genuine danger to Rice Lake drivers. A tired driver may fall asleep behind the wheel due to an inability to rest or other reasons.
These are just a few examples of how driver behavior can cause a severe accident. In addition, severe injuries result in serious medical costs. Unfortunately, these costs can escalate quickly, and your inability to work only increases your financial stress.
Operating a motor vehicle requires a dedicated focus on the task at hand. It is far too easy to respond to a text, thinking that your eyes only leave the road for a minute. According to the CDC, sending or reading a text at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
There is no excuse for reckless actions that cause another driver injuries or loss. However, if someone abused his or her Wisconsin driver’s license privileges and forever changed your life, a lawyer can help you pursue compensation for the full cost of your injuries.
Car Accident Injuries
A severe car accident can affect your overall quality of life. From losing your job to losing your ability to play with your children, the results often prove devastating. Whether you experienced your accident during a quick trip to the store or your commute, you deserve justice.
Medical costs continue to soar, making your lengthy hospital stay an expensive one. In addition, some injuries require ongoing medical care, treatment, procedures, and medication.
As personal injury lawyers, we understand the long-term costs of many car accident injuries. The following list includes a few of the more common types of severe injuries:
Spinal cord damage: The spinal cord sends and receives communication with the brain regarding movement and sensation. If you suffered this type of injury, chances are you are dealing with some form of paralysis.
This life-changing injury can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout your lifetime. Not only did you sustain this injury unfairly, but also you should not bear the burden of paying for it. Home modifications for a power chair and other needs can prove expensive. Medical devices and more require replacement through the years. By working with Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, you can fight for the compensation that covers these types of costs.
A traumatic brain injury: A severe blow to the head can disrupt normal brain function. A severe brain injury may cause significant changes to your loved one, resulting in expressions of anger and depression.
As much as you may want to care for your loved one at home, placing him or her in a skilled nursing facility sometimes proves necessary. Such facilities cost thousands per month, making it imperative that you fight for the compensation to pay for such care.
It is tough to witness such changes in a loved one. By allowing the experienced legal team at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers to handle your case, you can spend more time with your loved one and less time managing the details of your legal action.
Multiple broken bones: The human body houses hundreds of bones. A violent collision can break more than one bone, leaving you in great pain. Surgery and therapy are common after such injuries. Unfortunately, some accident victims must face amputation if a limb suffered damage beyond repair.
Internal injuries: The immediate reaction after a car accident is to search for injuries. No visible signs of injury can cause you to sigh in relief. The risk to your health is the internal injuries you cannot see. Only a medical professional can make the diagnosis.
Internal injuries can prove especially dangerous—and potentially fatal. Seeking immediate medical care can save your life. It also establishes a timeline that documents your medical care, something essential for your civil case.
If your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office, we can come to you. Virtual meetings serve as another option. Do not delay hiring an attorney due to your immobility.
The car accident you experienced brought your life to a stop. Your life may never return to the way it was before the accident. Adjusting to your new normal takes time. Pursuing compensation also takes time. Get the help you need now by contacting us for a free case consultation online or by calling 715-276-4670 today.
Civil Claims and Lawsuits
Your lawyer will first work to establish liability for your damages. Determining who bears liability and pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim constitutes the next step.
Your lawyer will attempt to negotiate with the responsible driver’s insurance company for a fair settlement. Insurance companies deal with accident claims frequently. It is typically their goal to avoid the time and expense of a trial.
Negotiating for fair compensation requires skills and experience. At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we understand insurance companies’ various strategies to confuse accident victims. These strategies serve as one part of the company’s overall goal to underpay or deny a claim.
Some cases must go to trial if negotiations fail. However, presenting a civil lawsuit in a courtroom is something that our team can do with confidence. While no one can predict the outcome of your case, never settle for less than you need to cover the full cost of your injuries.
If an insurance adjuster contacts you, simply refer him or her to your lawyer. Attempting to negotiate with an adjuster alone can cost you compensation and peace of mind. Your injuries or loss are stressful enough; let a lawyer from our team manage the legal complexities of your case.
Representing Rice Lake Car Accident Injury Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in or near Rice Lake, your right has only just begun. As you seek the financial resources you need to pay for your physical recovery and make ends meet while unable to work, the insurance company will do everything it can to put obstacles in your way. You need a strong advocate you can trust to look out for your interests, protect your rights and obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
In Rice Lake and throughout northwestern Wisconsin, you can turn to the proven personal injury lawyers of Nicolet Law for compassionate representation and fierce advocacy. We know the insurance company would love nothing more than to pad its profits at your expense; we will not be satisfied until you have the financial compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and more.
We Are Ready To Make Things Right For You
Our team is equipped to handle the most complex car accident claims, including brain and spinal cord injury claims. We focus on maximizing all available compensation for the victims of accidents such as:
- Head-on accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Distracted and inattentive driving accidents
Our experienced lawyers will work with professional experts such as accident reconstructionists, medical doctors, rehabilitation specialists and vocational specialists to determine the full damage of your injuries now and for the rest of your life. Our thorough trial preparation allows us to enter settlement negotiations from a position of strength as we seek to maximize your financial compensation.
You Are More Than A Statistic
There is an average of 353 motor vehicle accidents per day in our state. The human cost of these accidents is staggering: injured drivers and passengers, families who have lost loved ones and survivors who are unable to walk again. We focus on addressing the real impact of your injuries. Whether your injury is preventing you from working, has required renovations to your home or made in-home care a necessary part of your life, we will fight to make sure you do not bear that burden alone.
Your Rice Lake Car Accident Attorneys
The sudden and violent impact of a car crash can forever change your life. If a drunk, distracted, or otherwise negligent driver bears liability for your injuries, grief, and financial worry, we can help you.
Insurance companies want to protect their profits and close your claim for the least amount possible. At Nicolet Accident and Injury Lawyers, we counter these tactics by holding at-fault parties accountable for the damages they cause.
Time is of the utmost importance regarding your civil lawsuit. Wisconsin law allows three years for civil cases; not much time when your world has recently flipped upside down due to someone else’s reckless actions.
Missing the deadline for filing your case can cause you to forfeit your chance of recovering compensation forever. We do not want you to miss filing your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.
You have enough to deal with during this challenging time. Let a member of our team manage the intricate legal details of your case. Resting and recovery should top your priority list—not phone calls, paperwork, and deadlines.
Nicolet Accident & Injury Lawyers Offer Free Case Consultations
We understand the chaos a car accident brings to your life. Many accident victims feel unsure about where to turn as medical bills start and income stops. Feeling anxious and stressed is common for those in your situation.
A free case consultation helps you and us. By sharing information about your accident with us, we can determine:
- If you have grounds for a civil case, and
- How to proceed with building your compensation claim.
From the moment you hire a lawyer from our team, we move forward together. Aggressive insurance adjusters will no longer bother you; instead, they will have to deal with your attorney.
Contact us if you suffered severe injuries or lost a loved one in a Rice Lake car accident caused by negligence. You can reach out to us online or by calling our office at (715) 226-6241 today.
Rice Lake Office
337 North Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868