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Know the steps to take if you are in an accident.

If you are involved in a car accident, there are several steps you should take immediately to protect your interests.

  • Make sure the accident is reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. If a law enforcement officer does not prepare an accident report, fill out an accident report form yourself, taking care to be complete and accurate.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene and of the damage to all of the vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Report the accident to your insurance agent or insurance company.
  • Make sure you collect the names and addresses of any and all witnesses.
  • It is likely you will be contacted by adjusters for the companies that insured the vehicles involved in the accident. Do not give a statement to the insurance companies for the other drivers involved in the accident. Statements taken by adjusters can be used in court and can be used against you. You do, however, have an obligation to cooperate with your own insurance company. If the adjuster for your insurance company asks you to give a statement or provide information, you should do so promptly and accurately.

If you have questions about what you should do, we can help. Contact us today.

Learn what to do if you are injured in an accident.

If you are injured in an accident, we recommend that you do these things.

  • Seek appropriate health care. Follow the instructions given to you by your health care provider.
  • If you have visible injuries, take pictures of them, both immediately after the accident and as you go through the healing period.
  • Keep track of the time you lose from work or school as a result of your injuries.
  • Keep receipts for all medications and personal care items you purchase as a result of your injuries (i.e. heating pads, ice packs, braces, pillows).
  • Keep track of your mileage to and from appointments with health care providers.
  • Make copies of all bills, instructions, and other information received from your health care providers.
  • Keep all braces, casts, or other medical devices issued by your health care providers, even after you are done using them.
  • When you talk about your injury, be truthful in describing it. Do not say you are “fine” or “okay” if you are not.
  • Keep a diary (this can be a simple note on a calendar or more detailed entries in a computer diary, journal, or on sheets of paper) about your injuries and the impact they are having on your life. Often, it takes several years to resolve claims arising out of injuries received in an accident. These notes will help you remember the full impact of the accident on your life, even if your claim is not settled for several years.

If you have questions about what you should do, we can help. Contact us today.

Know what to expect if you are involved in a lawsuit.

If a lawsuit needs to be filed in your case, the following is a general overview of what you can expect. View information.

Many cases are settled through negotiations with the insurance company before a lawsuit is filed. In some cases, however, it is necessary to file a lawsuit in order get fair compensation. If a lawsuit needs to be filed in your case, the following is a general overview of what you can expect. Every case is different. Your attorney will provide you with more specific information as your lawsuit proceeds.

Generally, there are two parties to a lawsuit, the plaintiff (the person who has been injured) and the defendant (the person who caused the injuries). A lawsuit is started when the plaintiff files a “Summons” and a “Complaint” with the Circuit Court and has a sheriff or other process server formally deliver these documents to the defendant. The defendant then must file a formal written Answer to the Complaint with the Circuit Court. Normally, this must be filed within 45 days after the defendant is served, but some statutes provide different deadlines.

Once an Answer has been filed, the lawsuit enters the “discovery” phase. As the name implies, the parties use this time to discover what the other side is claiming. The defense attorney will try to find out as much as possible about the plaintiff and the true nature and extent of the plaintiff's injuries; the plaintiff's attorney will try to learn why the defendant claims the injuries were not his/her fault or are not as significant as the plaintiff claims.

Discovery can be done in a variety of ways. The attorneys can serve formal written questions called “Interrogatories” on each other. These must be answered in writing, under oath, within 30 days. The attorneys may also take “depositions”. A deposition is a question and answer session in which a witness is placed under oath and asked questions by the attorney in the presence of a court reporter who records everything that is said. The attorneys may file “Requests for Production of Documents”, which require the opposing party to produce whatever written materials are requested. These requests can be used to collect medical records, employment records, tax returns and records, photographs and video tapes, statements, and any other documents or materials relevant to the case.

Throughout the discovery process, the attorneys evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the case. When the discovery process has been completed, most Courts require the parties to go through mediation in an effort to settle the case.

If the case is not settled, there will be a trial before a Judge and, in most cases, a jury. At trial, each side has the opportunity to present its case through the use of photographs, video tapes, written evidence, and the testimony of live witnesses. The Judge, or the jury, then decides all of the questions raised by the case. These might include who was responsible for causing the accident and what amounts of money would fairly compensate the plaintiff for past and future health care expenses, past and future lost wages, and past and future pain, suffering, disability, and disfigurement. In most cases, the decisions by the Judge and jury bring the case to an end.

If you have questions about what you should do, we can help. Contact us today.

Have an attorney speak at your event.

Our Eau Claire attorneys are available to speak at your school, club, and organization about current legal issues. Topics of recent speeches include:

  • Recent Changes in Insurance Law - Learn how to protect yourself.
  • Tort Reform - What does it really mean for you?
  • Medical Malpractice Law in Wisconsin
  • Distracted Driving
  • How to Protect Yourself on Social Media

If your group would like to learn more about any of these topics or have one of the attorneys speak on another subject, we will be happy to try to accommodate you. Contact us today.