Personal Injury FAQs

During this difficult time in your life, getting the answers you need is essential. We've created this FAQ page to address some of the questions that our clients routinely ask us, and to give you information on these important topics.

After you've looked over the questions and answers on this page, please give us a call with any additional questions that you have about your injury case. We are happy to help you understand what options are available to you when you've been hurt, and to provide you with the information you need to make well-informed decisions about your situation.

Feel free to read this page as you go, or to click on any of the links below to jump to the section that interests you the most.

Case Value and Affording A Lawyer

What To Expect When You Work With Us

The Process Of An Injury Case

Insurance Company Questions

Medical Bills And Medical Appointment Questions

Claims For Property Damage Only

Case Value And Affording A Lawyer

How much is my case worth?

The honest answer: It depends.While we wish that we could provide you with a more definite answer, there is no way to accurately value your injury claim until you have talked to a lawyer, that lawyer has asked you follow-up questions and obtained additional information, and there has been time to fully analyze your situation. Anything short of that, including what an online calculator may tell you, is, at best, an uneducated guess or, at worst, a misrepresentation of what you can expect in real life.

But why do you need to talk to a lawyer to get a good estimate of the value of your case? Simple - injury cases involve too many variables for any sort of calculator or form to adequately value a case. Just a few of these variables include:

  • What type of injuries you suffered
  • Who caused your injuries
  • How fault will be divided in your case
  • Short- and long-term effects of your injuries
  • How the injury affects your ability to work

Now that you know why it's necessary to speak to a lawyer to get the true value of your claim, are you ready to find out the potential value of your case? If so, contact us to set up a free consultation and talk to us about your situation.

Do I need to pay any money upfront for my injury case?

No, we do not require money upfront (also known as a retainer) for personal injury cases.

How long will it take to get money in an injury case?

The timeline for obtaining your money depends primarily on how your case is resolved. Cases that settle will typically result in quicker payment. Cases that go to trial will typically take longer, depending on how booked the court's calendar is.

However, it is important to understand that the speed with which you get your money is not the only thing to consider. You also need to consider whether the amount of money you get will be fair. That can significantly affect whether you decide to settle or go to trial.

When you work with us, we will help you analyze the pros and cons of settling versus going to trial and understand how choosing either option will impact the amount of compensation you receive and how quickly you receive it.

How do you get paid? How much will it cost?

We get paid only if we win or settle your case. We then get paid a percentage from those proceeds.

What To Expect When You Work With Us

How soon can you start working on my case?

If you hire us after the initial consultation, we can start working on your case immediately. Please call us now at 715-802-0872 or contact us so we can meet and you can determine whether we are the right fit for you and your case.

Will I work with an attorney directly or staff?

While we have highly qualified and helpful staff members to maximize our success, our attorneys will work directly with you and be your main contact throughout your case.

What information will you need from me during the case?

During the initial consultation, we will need as much information as possible related to your injuries. Date, time, place and any other related factors will all be important. We will also need you to describe the general scene of the accident and help us understand how the injury has affected you. Medical records are also important, but if you do not have them, we can help you obtain them. Any pictures (of the scene of the accident or that show the severity of your injuries) will also be helpful.

If we need additional information from you, we will let you know. We will follow up with you as needed so that we get everything we need to build a strong case for you.

The Process Of An Injury Case

How long do I have to file an injury claim in Wisconsin?

You have three years to file most personal injury and wrongful death claims in Wisconsin.

The exception is that you have only two years to file a wrongful death claim if the death was caused by a motor vehicle accident.

Please note that this is a general timeline and the statute of limitations on your claim could be much shorter if certain other factors (such as the case being against the government) apply. Please talk to an attorney as soon as possible no matter what type of injury or loss you have suffered.

How long do I have to file an injury claim in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, you have two years to file a personal injury claim.

For wrongful death claims, you have three years to file.

Please note that this is a general timeline and the statute of limitations on your claim could be much shorter if certain other factors (such as the case being against the government) apply. Please talk to an attorney as soon as possible no matter what type of injury or loss you have suffered.

Will I have to testify in court?

Only if your case actually goes to trial. In many situations, trial will not even be necessary. If you case progresses that far, we will work closely with you so that you know what to expect and how to handle it.

If avoiding having to testify is important to you, please bring that up in your initial consultation. Doing so will help us provide you with an accurate assessment of your case and the options available to you.

If I am partially responsible for my injuries, will that prevent me from recovering compensation?

As long as you were not more responsible for your injuries than the other person, you will still be able to recover compensation. However, your compensation will likely be reduced by a percentage equal to how much fault you were responsible for.

For example: If you were 20 percent responsible for your injuries and the other person was 80 percent responsible and the verdict in the case awarded you $100,000, then the award would be reduced by 20 percent (because you were 20 percent at fault) and you would get $80,000.

Please note that we selected the numbers in this scenario to make the example as easy to understand as possible. They should not be used to set expectations about your case, dividing fault/responsibility in your case, or the compensation that you should expect.

Insurance Companies

The insurance company offered me a settlement - should I accept it?

If an insurance company offers you a settlement and pressures you to sign a release - or even threatens to deny a claim if you don't sign -  do not accept the offer or sign the release. Talk to an attorney so that you know if the offer is fair, because even though it may be "your" insurance company, its ultimate loyalty is to its shareholders and the profits those shareholders love to see.

The other driver's insurance company keeps calling me - am I required to talk to its representative?

Eventually, you may need to, but it is wise to hire an attorney first so that you understand what the insurance representative will ask. We can also help you understand whether any questions are inappropriate or if there are any questions that you should not answer. Often if you hire an attorney you do not need to talk with the insurance company and instead can have your attorney handle all communication from the insurance company.

Medical Bills And Medical Appointments

Who is responsible for paying my medical bills after an accident?

Many people and entities may be responsible for your injuries, depending on who caused them, when they occurred, whether anyone involved was working at the time of the accident and many other factors. While your case may vary, a list of those who are potentially responsible for paying your medical bills includes:

  • The person who caused your injuries
  • Insurance companies (yours, as well as the carrier for the person who hurt you)
  • Your employer (if you were working when you got hurt)
  • The employer of the person who caused you harm (if he or she was working at the time)

If I am feeling better after an accident, can I stop going to the doctor, chiropractor or other medical professional?

No! If you stop getting treatment, insurance companies, opposing lawyers, and even some judges and juries will perceive that as evidence that you are 100 percent healed. You may feel better, but do not stop going to medical appointments until after your medical professional has told you that you can stop and you have consulted with your legal counsel. Unless you have professional advice otherwise, you need to make sure your follow through with your medical provider's recommendations to have the best chance at fully recovering your health and being compensated for your injuries.

Property Damage Only

Do I have a claim if my vehicle and other items were damaged, but I was not injured?

While you may have a claim, we don't handle situations involving property damage only (such as if you car was damaged, but you were not hurt). However, if you were injured and hire us to handle your personal injury case, we can assist you in your property damage claim if you cannot resolve it on your own.