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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyerEach and every year, hundreds of thousands of people suffer an accidental injury, but not all of these cases are personal injury cases. Some of these incidents are caused by the injured. Others are the victims of unavoidable accidents caused by acts of God or nature. So how do you tell if your injury is the kind that could lead to a personal injury case? The following can help you decide.

Was the Injury Caused by Negligence?

Only certain types of accidents are considered personal injury accidents. For example, those that are caused by acts of nature or not caused by negligence are not covered under personal injury law. Automobile accidents, medical malpractice accidents, dog bites caused by an off-leash dog, slip and fall accidents, and construction accidents are examples of situations that may contain negligence (failure to exercise the same care that a reasonable person would use in the same circumstance).

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyerIn the year 2010, the most recent year for which there are statistics available, 87,606 motor vehicle accidents occurred inside of road construction work zones. Of those, 0.6 percent resulted in fatality. Another 30 percent resulted in injury. Some are instances in which drivers failed to follow safe driving rules, but there are also others that may have been caused by negligence on the part of workers, contractors, or foreman. If you believe the latter may have been a factor in your accident case, the following points may be able to help you determine whether or not you have a case.

Work Zone Traffic Control and Your Safety

Roadway and highway work zones can be riddled with obstacles and dangers, including uneven pavement and potholes, concrete barriers, one-way traffic, closed lanes, workers, and construction vehicles and equipment. Sudden and frequent changes make these zones all the more treacherous for all involved. Rules and regulations that workers, foreman, and contractors must follow are designed to protect drivers, pedestrians, and even the workers themselves from death an injury.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyerIf you have sustained serious injuries in a car accident, it may take weeks, months, or even years to fully recover. During the course of your recovery, your doctors and physical therapists will likely give you instructions to follow and things to work on at home. Did you know skipping these exercises or failing to follow your doctor’s advice could cost you money on your accident claim? When the Other Side Asks about Your Recovery While many car accident cases are settled long before going to trial, others end up in different parts of the justice system. This happens when an insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, or when the statute of limitations is close and a lawsuit must be filed to preserve your rights. After a lawsuit is filed, the lawyers for the other side will want to start the discovery process. This includes requesting copies of any of your medical records they do not already have, and requesting you to undergo a deposition. During the deposition, you will be sworn to tell the truth. The lawyer for the other side will ask you questions. One of the areas they will ask about is your recovery. You may be asked about what exercises or stretches you were instructed to do. You may be asked if you did those stretches. Your Responsibility to Mitigate Damages Under the law, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries when they were caused by the negligence of someone else, but you also have a duty to mitigate those damages. This means you have to make the effort to keep things from getting worse than they are. Lawyers for the other side in a personal injury lawsuit may be able to successfully argue that if you failed to listen to your doctor and do your exercises or stretches at home, you failed to mitigate your damages. If a judge or jury believes this argument, then the amount of damages you recover can be reduced. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident, you need to talk with a knowledgeable Milwaukee personal injury lawyer. You only have so much time to bring a claim. Call the law firm of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP at 414-271-1440 today to setup your consultation.

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http://civilprocedure.uslegal.com/rules-of-civil-procedure/state-rules-of-civil-procedure/wisconsin-rules-of-civil-procedure/

Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crashe lawyerCommonly, when people are involved in automobile accidents, they inadvertently impair their legal rights by assuming they are not injured and making statements about this belief to police and witnesses. When you immediately tell people there is nothing wrong with you at the time of the accident, these statements can be used against you later on if you discover injuries after the accident and pursue legal action. Sometimes, injuries resulting from accidents display immediately, while others show up days or weeks later when you least expect it.

In 2012, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration  estimated that approximately 2.3 million people suffered injuries as a result of an automobile accident across the United States. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, approximately 28,000 individuals were involved in automobile accidents in Wisconsin in 2012. Many people walk away from accidents feeling happy to be alive. However, when the adrenaline wears off a few hours later, the pain may begin to set in.

Symptoms of Injuries Appearing after an Automobile Accident

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