Pursuing the Full Worth of Your Car Accident Claim
If you have been involved in a car accident, your future may seem uncertain at best. You may be dealing with a good deal of physical pain and emotional trauma from the accident itself, not to mention mounting medical expenses associated with emergency treatment, ongoing care, medication and medical supplies. You may have missed time from work or may even be unable to return to work for the time being – or permanently.
In the face of these troubling issues, the settlement or award you are able to recover for your car accident insurance claim may make all the difference. At Cannon & Dunphy S.C., we believe in pursuing the full worth of our clients' insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits related to traffic collisions. Our Milwaukee car accident attorneys represent clients throughout Wisconsin in these matters, fighting for economic and non-economic damages that can help our clients rebuild and move on with their lives.
As a victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to money for:
- Medical expenses, including medical supplies, over-the-counter medication, prescription drugs, chiropractic care, physical therapy, hospitalization, surgery, outpatient procedures and even travel expenses to and from medical appointments.
- Ongoing medical care, if you require continuing treatment, in-home care or other help and support as you deal with your injuries or a lasting disability.
- Property damage, including damage to your vehicle, personal property (clothing, etc.), rental car costs and more.
- Lost earnings, not only for lost wages but for lost bonuses, commissions and other benefits.
- Future loss of earnings, if you are unable to return to work in the same field or cannot return to work at all. You may also be entitled to money for job training if you must find a new occupation.
- Emotional trauma, such as pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, psychological injuries and loss of companionship.
- Punitive damages, meant to penalize and make an example of the at-fault party. These are often only sought and awarded in rare cases involving gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing.
For cases involving fatal car accidents, you may be entitled to money for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship and loss of support.
Financial compensation is most often paid by the at-fault driver's auto insurance policy, though your own insurance may cover certain losses or expenses. A third party may also be liable in some car accident claims, such as the manufacturer of a defective auto part or a government entity for a hazardous roadway. Our attorneys always look to all possible sources of compensation to maximize a client's recovery.
Because there are many different factors to consider and a car accident will have a different impact on every victim, we work with professionals and expert witnesses in accident reconstruction, economics, psychology, medicine and other relevant fields to investigate and build compelling cases on behalf of our clients. A thorough investigation will not only reveal the cause of an accident and therefore what party should be held legally responsible for a victim's injuries, but it will help us determine the true value of a client's case.
Once we have determined the worth of a car accident claim, we can then pursue this using our experience, knowledge and resources. We may work with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement or may need to take a case to civil court in pursuit of a just result. Our strategy will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding the case as well as our client's unique needs, concerns and goals.
Interested in learning more? Ask a Wisconsin car accident lawyer at our firm during a free initial consultation. We are here to help.