When you are injured in a car accident, insurance may offer you a settlement. At first glance, this settlement may seem adequate. Perhaps it covers all of your current medical expenses. Maybe it even covers lost wages. There is a chance it’s even generous in terms of property damage. And it’s here. Now. Which can make it seem very appealing.
Here’s the catch: once you accept an offer from insurance, you waive your right to take legal action. This leaves many victims of serious injury short on cash when the long-term consequences of their accidents begin to present, but without any recourse to change results.
Before you accept an offer from insurance, talk to Willard P. Techmeier about your options. Attorney Techmeier can review your claim and begin an investigation into your accident to establish liability and seek compensation for all of your damages including:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and projected lost income
- Home modifications and adaptive technologies (like wheelchairs)
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
Until you have spoken with an attorney, there is really no way to determine what your car accident claim is worth.
Shared Fault Law
Wisconsin operates under a modified comparative negligence law. Known as “Shared Fault,” this law holds that all involved parties can be held partially liable for a car accident. It is the percentage of liability that determines how much a victim may be entitled to through personal injury law.
This law allows for mistakes on both sides, but weighs more heavily those mistakes that were primary causes of the accident and places responsibility appropriately. If you played a role in your accident, your compensation will be reduced accordingly.
But did you really play a role in your accident?
Factors beyond your control may have factored into any mistakes you made leading up to an accident. Vehicle malfunction, road defects, sudden and unexpected weather changes, all of these things need to be taken into account when investigating a car accident – but without an attorney on your side, it is likely none of them will be. This is just one more reason to speak with Mr. Techmeier before accepting an insurance settlement.
Your insurance offer may not be taking into account factors beyond your control, which means you may be cheated out of fair compensation due to nothing more than incomplete information. You deserve better. You deserve an attorney who is prepared to investigate the true cause of your accident, hold all liable parties accountable, and seek compensation for the full extent of your damages.
To schedule a complimentary case evaluation at the Milwaukee office of the Techmeier Law Firm, please call 414-400-4000 today. Located in Milwaukee, we welcome clients from all areas of Wisconsin.