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What to Do When You’ve Been Injured in a Wisconsin Car Accident

After a car accident, your primary focus should be on recovering from your injuries. For more than 30 years GCW has handled car and truck accident cases from minor, low impact collisions, to major, catastrophic damages. We will represent you and take care of everything from insurance issues to medical bills, and in some case a variety of other needs:

  • Severe injuries
  • The need for extended medical treatment
  • A need for long-term or rehabilitation care
  • Spine and back injuries

Over 110,000 people in Wisconsin are involved in car collisions annually, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. These crashes result in an average of 40,000 severe injuries and 600 tragic deaths every year. The causes are vary, but more and more crashes are caused by distracted driving.

Our Car Accident Lawyers Will Take Care of You

Our experienced car accident attorneys provide excellent injury representation against any type of car crash, including:

  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Distracted driving crashes, including texting or other reckless behavior
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Truck crashes caused by driver negligence or faulty truck maintenance

At GCW, helping injured victims obtain fair compensation has been the basis of our careers, which include decades of experience in dealing with insurance companies. Insurance companies know our reputation for being tough, professional, and working diligently to get the best outcome for our clients possible.

The majority of our cases are referred to us by word of mouth and by other lawyers and judges throughout Wisconsin. We let our experience speak for itself. If you need help, call our offices today for a free consultation and review of your case.

Car Accident FAQ

I was involved in a car accident, what should I do?

1) Get treatment if needed. If you are in pain, go to a medical doctor, chiropractor, urgent care or ER as soon as possible. Your health is extremely important. Be proactive about getting a proper diagnosis and obtaining medical treatment for your injuries. Do not delay!

2) Next, you should open a claim with your auto insurance carrier and the other driver’s insurance carrier. If the other driver’s insurance company calls, which they will, wanting a statement—do not give them one. You are not obligated to. If you have been injured, first seek the representation of an attorney before ever providing a statement to the other person’s insurance company.

3) Finally, call Gingras, Cates & Wachs for a free, no risk case consultation.

Will the person who caused my car accident injury be punished?

The person who caused the car accident injuries is typically not punished. Defendants in civil actions for personal car accident injury do not receive jail time or criminal fines as punishment. Those are common criminal sentences, and personal injury cases are civil actions which do not include jail time. However, in some cases, juries and courts can award what are called “punitive damages,” which are designed to punish defendants who have behaved recklessly or intentionally against the public’s interest. The goal in ordering the payment of punitive damages is to discourage such defendants and others from engaging in the same kind of harmful behavior in the future. One of the most common situations where punitive damages may be available is when a person is injured in a car accident by a drunk driver.

What is negligence when it comes to car accidents?

Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to others. A person is negligent if he or she does something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation or fails to do something that a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation. We have represented thousands of individuals who have been injured in car accidents due to the negligence of other drivers. If you have been injured by another’s negligence, contact our office for a free, no-hassle consultation.

What if a person dies from car accident injuries before bringing a lawsuit?

If a person dies as a result of a car accident, it is referred to as wrongful death. Spouses, parents, children, siblings, and grandparents may have a claim for wrongful death against the responsible parties. The relationship with the decedent will dictate the priority of the claim. The types of damages that can be sought depending on that relationship are: Financial support that the survivor(s) would have received, Value of household services that would have been provided by the decedent, Loss of companionship, affection, love, care, comfort, society, Loss of consortium (sexual relations) for the surviving spouse, Funeral and burial expenses. Because the loss of a loved one can completely alter the life of the surviving family, it is important to retain an experienced personal injury attorney to recover the just compensation you deserve. GCW has handled numerous wrongful death cases involving car accidents in order to take away the burden on the rest of the family.

Do I still have a claim if my health insurance paid my medical bills?

Absolutely. Most injured persons in a car accident do not realize that they are entitled to the full value of their medical treatment—the actual cost of the treatment, not just their co-pay or deductible. Often times, insurance carriers attempt to reduce an injury victim’s damages by offering to just pay their ‘out of pocket’ expenses, which leaves the injured person less than whole.  While your health insurance carrier and/or medical payments coverage on your automobile policy have to pay for your medical expenses, they also have the right to be paid back.  This is generally referred to as subrogation.  That can be a difficult and tricky process which is usually best handled by attorneys like those at GCW.

Do I have the right to bring a lawsuit after a Wisconsin car accident?

If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else and you are a legally competent adult, then you have the right to bring a lawsuit. However, it isn’t just injured adults who can bring lawsuits. There are other situations where you may be able to protect your loved one’s rights by filing a lawsuit on their behalf in a Wisconsin court. Specifically, you may be able to protect your loved one’s rights by filing a lawsuit if:

  • You are the parent or legal guardian of a child. If you have legal custody of a child under age 18, then you may be able to pursue a lawsuit on behalf of your child to get your child fair and just compensation for his or her injuries.
  • Your loved one died in the accident. If your spouse is tragically killed in an accident, then you have the right to bring a claim for the loss of your spouse.  In addition, unless a will or other legal document dictates otherwise, you can also bring a claim on behalf of your deceased spouse’s estate for funeral and burial expenses as well as for any conscious pain and suffering that they endured.  Juggling everything after someone has been killed can be overwhelming and the lawyers at GCW can help get you through the tough times.

Car Accident Case Results

  • $3.75 million to a developmentally disabled man who was rendered a paraplegic in a van / semi accident
  • $1.22 million to a widow for the death of her husband in a car / truck accident
  • $750,000 to a law enforcement officer and his family in a negligent entrustment case resulting in severe injuries to the officer
  • $500,000 to a painter who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in a rear-end car accident with a semi
  • $500,000 settlement in a car accident that caused thoracic outlet syndrome
  • $135,000 settlement in a bike / car accident
  • $1.3 million dollar settlement for the family of a businessman killed in an auto accident
  • $1.1 million dollar settlement for a client badly injured by a drunk driver
  • $1.3 million dollar settlement for a couple injured in a trucking accident
  • See more case results

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, contact the lawyers at Gingras, Cates, & Wachs to find out how we can help.

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