What Can I Claim In Damages?
Damages ultimately deal with money. The amount in damages is basically equal to the extent of injuries or harm caused by another party. Your injuries may be caused by the action or inaction of that party. The most important takeaway is that without damages, there is no compensation. Also, as an injured victim, you have the legal right to seek damages. Even in the case where you may be partially to blame for the accident, damages may still be awarded. In any type of accident, preserve your legal rights. “Damages” can involve a home, vehicle, or other types of property. “Harm” may be physical and/or emotional including the loss of wages or earning potential. It’s important to note that not all perceived harm or injuries are legally compensable. At the same time, there may be opportunity to claim more damages than expected. A local accident attorney will provide answers to your questions about damages based upon the details of your case. They will also understand Wisconsin laws including the comparative fault system. Certainly, an attorney will seek a higher amount in damages than an insurance company.
There is a time-frame that must be adhered to in order to seek compensation in damages. To get the most in damages, seek legal counsel immediately. Action Law Offices, your first consultation is free. Any questions you may have about damages beyond this article can be better addressed by an attorney. If Action Law Offices is hired to represent your case there are no fees unless the case is won.
What’s Case Worth In Damages
Before determining what your case is worth your attorney will need more details. In the meanwhile, it’s important for you to understand the basics. Damages are discussed with insurance companies and accident attorneys. Therefore, it’s helpful for the accident victims to have a basic understanding of the term. Wisconsin personal injury lawsuits place damages under various umbrellas or categories. For example, there are economic and non-economic damages as well as compensatory and punitive damages. The damages that a personal injury attorney pursues on your behalf reflect the details of your particular case. Below are some common damage types pursued:
- Non-Economic Damages: One of the most common non-economic damages to claim for compensation is pain and suffering. Permanent injury, time in rehabilitation, mental anguish, depression, as well as feeling the loss of love or place in society, (claim for loss of consortium), all constitute non-economic damages.
- Economic Damages: Most people are familiar with damages that a dollar amount can be directly related to. For example, most medical bills, lost income, loss of earning potential, out-of-pocket expenses, and damage to property all fall under the category of economic damages that can be claimed for compensation.
- Punitive Damages: When applicable, punitive damages can be awarded on top of any compensatory damages. They come into play when it’s proven that an at-fault party knowingly and intentionally put others in the path of harm.
Insurance companies will not pay maximum compensation. To determine the what your case is really worth, hire a personal injury lawyer to review your case. Seek legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident. Action Law has the necessary resources and experience to uncover details. The details will aid in proving negligence and will also support what is requested in damages.
Limitation In Damages
Get compensated the maximum in damages by hiring an experienced injury attorney. But don’t wait too long! Your attorney will need to file that lawsuit for damages within the statute of limitations. In Wisconsin, a lawsuit must be filed within three years from the date of injury. This law applies to nearly all cases, but there are a few exceptions. Personal Injury laws, statutes and potential damages, are best explained by a reputable and experienced accident attorney. Over the phone and in person will be the most informative methods of communication. The attorneys at Action Law are extremely helpful, and easy to talk to. Get that communication started by completing the “free injury consultation” online form from this website. Or, if you prefer to call, contact Action Law at any one of three Wisconsin offices. Once your inquiry is received, you can expect to hear from the law firm promptly. Your attorney will provide insight about how much you may be eligible for in damages. In addition, they do whatever is necessary to recover the maximum in damages.
If you decide to retain a personal injury attorney at Action Law Offices, your case will receive prompt, professional and personal attention. Rest assured that your case will be handled by an experienced law firm of twenty years. Their entire focus is personal injury and representing innocent victims.