Everyone has heard of personal injury attorneys, and everyone has heard the jokes about them. However, it seems that most people don’t really have a very clear idea of what personal injury attorneys actually do. Misconceptions and stereotypes certainly abound, but in fact, actual knowledge and understanding about who personal injury lawyers are and what they do seems to be more rare.
First, it is good to have an understanding of what is meant by personal injury. Personal Injury generally refers to physical, emotional, psychological or financial damage that a person suffers because of the negligent action (or inaction) of someone else. People who suffer personal injury can utilize the our country’s civil justice system to put things right. It is important to understand that the civil justice system cannot “punish” people who do wrong, but it can make them provide financial compensation for the damage that they have caused.
This might be a good time to dispel one of the most common myths about personal injury claims: the idea that personal injury lawsuits are all frivolous. This is FALSE. The function of personal injury claims in the civil justice system is to ensure that a person who is injured because of the reckless behavior of another person is able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Personal injury claims are not about getting something for nothing, they are about seeking justice. A successful personal injury claim prevents someone who is seriously injured from experiencing financial hardship on top of what is often a permanently debilitating injury. In many cases, there is also some compensation for the fact that the victim’s life is forever changed.
An experienced Wisconsin personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for many different causes, including:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian or Bicycle Accidents
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Dog Bite Injuries
- Defective Product Complaints
- Spinal Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Insurance Bad Faith Claims
- Wrongful Death
While this list is by no means comprehensive, it provides an idea of the kinds of injuries for which a Wisconsin personal injury law firm can help provide relief.
In many cases, insurance companies are integrally involved in personal injury lawsuits. In many cases, the need for legal action actually arises because the responsible party’s insurance company either refuses to pay the claim, or tries to settle the claim for an amount that just isn’t sufficient to cover the bills. Many serious injuries will require ongoing medical care well into the future, and insurance companies are often hesitant to pay money for medical procedures that have not been performed, no matter how certain it is that they will be needed.
In the end, what is important to remember about personal injury claims is that they are not about getting something for nothing; quite the contrary, they are about making someone take responsibility for his or her actions.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident that was caused by the reckless behavior of someone else, speak with an experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorney immediately to protect your rights. Unfortunately, people do not always take responsibility when they have done something wrong; the attorneys at Jastroch & LaBarge can help you recover compensation so that you do not have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s negligence in addition to the injury itself. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION contact Jastroch & LaBarge today at (877)558-5855.