Wisconsin Car Accident Attorneys

representing victims of personal injury

Working with us on Injury Cases due to Car Accidents

The day started out just like any other day.  You never expected that you or a loved one would be injured in a car accident.  Every day, an average of more than 100 people are injured in auto accidents on Wisconsin roadways.  More than 500 people are killed in Wisconsin automobile accidents every year. We have recovered millions of dollars for our injured clients.*

Car Accidents in Wisconsin

The other driver’s insurance company may seem eager to settle your claim, but you should remember that their objective is to pay you as little as possible. Claims adjusters, lawyers and other insurance company representatives will work very hard to minimize or deny your injury claim, even if their insured was at fault. The insurance company may try to get you to accept a small settlement by simply covering your medical bills, ask you to sign papers or have you make a recorded statement. They will typically be very friendly, and most people want to be agreeable and cooperate. But this may not be in your best interests. We advise against even speaking to the other driver’s insurance company until after you have consulted with a car accident lawyer.

FAQs for Car Accidents

What is your fee to investigate my claim?

Zero. We do not charge a fee to investigate your  personal injury claim.  Typically, one of of attorneys will work with you to gather information and review your medical history.  After sufficient information has been gathered, a recommendation will be made as to whether proceeding with a claim or lawsuit is a viable option.

How much will it cost for your legal representation?

Nothing.  If we decide to take your case, we will represent you on a “contingency” basis, which means that we will only collect a fee if and when you collect a settlement. One of our lawyers will meet with you to go over these matters in detail.

Is it okay to give a statement to the insurance company?

No.  We understand that you want to be cooperative, but you should not give a statement to an insurance adjuster until you have spoken to a personal injury lawyer.  Remember, it is the insurance company’s objective to pay you as little as possible.  An adjuster may attempt to get you to say things that could limit the amount of compensation you will receive.  Get advice from an auto accident attorney before speaking with the insurance company, even if it is your own insurer.

What kind of records should I keep?

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should:

  • Photograph the damaged vehicle and the accident site, if possible.
  • Photograph your injuries.
  • Receive all necessary medical attention in order to properly treat your injuries.
  • Tell your health care provider every complaint you have regarding injuries caused by the accident, so that this will be reflected in your medical records.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding the taking of medication, restricting work or physical activities, receiving physical therapy, etc.
  • Keep a dated journal documenting how the injury has affected your life, the degree of pain experience and the activities in which you cannot participate, and lost time from work.
Will I have to testify at a trial?

Every case is prepared as if it is going to trial. However, most of our auto accident cases settle out of court without going through a trial. In the event that a trial does occur, the process is made as easy on you and your family as possible.

What if the driver who hit me was uninsured?

According to a 2011 report from the Insurance Research Council, 15% of Wisconsin motorists are uninsured.  That means, if you are injured in a car accident, there is roughly a 1 in 7 chance that the other driver does not have insurance to cover your damages.

Many people simply assume that they will not be able to recover anything for their injuries if hit by an uninsured driver.  But you shouldn’t give up so easily!

Our attorneys may be able to find insurance coverage to compensate your for your injuries.  We pride ourselves in taking a creative approach to finding coverage for your claim, whether it be from the policy covering the dealer who sold the vehicle, or from your own insurance policy.

If you were injured in an accident caused by an uninsured driver, call our attorneys for a FREE consultation.

Why the Eaton John firm?
EXPERIENCE

At Eaton John, your case will never be passed off to an inexperienced associate.  Our automobile accident attorneys each have a minimum of 15 years of experience.  We have a proven track record, and have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.*

KNOWLEDGE

Our attorneys are highly experienced litigators. They have a keen understanding of the complex issues related to auto accident claims.  This level of experience is a critical component in our ability to get you the compensation you deserve.  Unlike many personal injury lawyers, our firm can handle a wide variety of legal issues that may arise as a result of your accident or personal injury settlement.For example, we can take care of estate planning needs that may be needed after you receive your settlement, or set up a trust for a disabled beneficiary.  Or, if you are going through a divorce while your injury claim is pending, we can make sure your interests are protected.  Many personal injury attorneys only handle accident claims and don’t have the expertise to address the many issues that may arise in conjunction with an accident claim.

RESOURCES

We will handle your case on all levels, investigating all possible sources of recovery.  Our attorneys have successfully achieved settlements for clients, even where it did not appear that there was any insurance coverage available.

* PLEASE NOTE THAT RECOVERY RESULTS VARY PER CLIENT. THE RECOVERY AMOUNTS IN PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUITS REFLECT THE SPECIFIC FACTS OF THAT CASE. FURTHER, RECOVERY AMOUNTS IN PAST CASES ARE NOT A GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS.

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