Appleton Law Office
Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured, you could find yourself dealing with medical bills, lost work and wages, insurance adjusters from numerous different insurance companies, and the devastating effects an injury can have. For more than 25 years, Hammett, Bellin & Oswald lawyers have been helping residents of Appleton and the Fox Valley navigate the maze of insurance and legal issues that arise.
Our offices are located conveniently off Highway 41 in Appleton just South of the Fox River Mall, and in Neenah near Highways 41 and II. Our lawyers live and work in Appleton, Neenah and the Fox Cities.
TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES
The lawyers at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald handle many types of injury cases including:
- Car Accident and Crashes
- Truck Accident and Crashes
- Motorcycle Accident and Crashes
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Dog Bites and Attacks
TYPES OF DAMAGES
If you have been injured in Appleton, Outagamie County, the Fox Valley, or elsewhere in Wisconsin, you may be able to recover damages for any of your property that was damaged, reimbursement for medical bills you incur, reimbursement for out of pocket costs you incur, reimbursement for wages or compensation if you are unable to work, and pain and suffering. You may also be able to recover compensation for damages you may incur in the future, such as a surgery that may occur at some time in the future. In some cases, you may also be able to recover punitive damages, or damages that punish the wrongdoer for causing you injury.
It is important to hire an experienced attorney to assess and pursue these types of damages, because it may involve some complex legal issues.
DEADLINES FOR PURSUING AN APPLETON PERSONAL INJURY
Most personal injury cases in Wisconsin that are the result of negligence must be settled or put into a lawsuit within three years from the date of the injury. However, there are some exceptions such as a 2 year limit for wrongful death and an extension of the limit when a child under the age of 18 is injured. Also, if there is a government entity or agent involved in causing the injury, there are deadlines to notify the government such as serving a Notice of Circumstances within 120 days.
It is important to speak with an experienced Appleton Personal Injury Attorney as soon as you are able, so the deadlines and other legal issues can be identified and handled early.
DOCUMENT YOUR CASE AND CALL AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Every case is different. It is important to take pictures of the scene of an injury, property damage, the injuries themselves and take pictures or copies of witness information, police information and insurance cards. In many cases it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible because an investigator may be needed to collect the crucial information about the injury and potential claims. Time is of the essence, because witnesses and evidence can disappear.
WHAT AN APPLETON PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER CAN DO FOR YOU
An experienced personal injury lawyer at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald can help determine who is at fault for your injury, investigate the cause of the injury, collect police and other reports, take statements from witnesses, assist in collecting medical bills, deal directly with your insurance to help get bills paid, deal directly with the other parties’ insurance so you do not have to, and value your claim to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Your injury claim may not be ready to value until long after the injury occurs. It is important for an injury victim to concentrate and recovering health and mobility. Leave the stress of dealing with the insurance companies to personal injury attorneys who deal with such companies every day.
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APPLETON CAR ACCIDENT INFORMATION
If you have been involved in a car or other motor vehicle accident, Wisconsin law requires the incident be reported to law enforcement if anyone has been injured or there is $1,000.00 or more in property damage to any vehicle involved in the accident.
In the city of Appleton, you can call 911 or the Appleton Police Department at 920-832-5500.
You should ask any responding officer for their card and the number the officer assigns to the motor vehicle crash report. Appleton, and some surrounding communities such as Grand Chute, upload their crash reports to CRASHDOCS.ORG. With the report number, date of accident, and name of anyone included in the report, you can obtain a copy from that website.
Appleton is located in Outagamie County, and the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department will also make their crash reports available at CRASHDOCS.ORG.
It is important to remain at the scene of a crash, obtain police report information, obtain witness information, take pictures of the scene, and take pictures of the vehicles involved. It is also important to report the crash to your insurance carrier or agent as soon as possible. When injuries prevent this from being done, it is important for someone else to get the information. This is also where an experienced Appleton Personal injury lawyer can get involved quickly to document the crash and hire an investigator if necessary.
CAR ACCIDENT DEADLINES
Most car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accidents are the result of negligence which has a 3 year statute of limitations in Wisconsin. For a minor under the age of 18, the statute is 3 years or 2 years after the minor turns 18, whichever is longer. In the case of a wrongful death, that statute of limitations is 2 years. The case must be settled or put into a lawsuit before that statutory period ends. If a government vehicle or agent is involved, there are additional notice requirements, such as serving a Notice of Circumstances within 120 days or the accident or crash. An experienced car accident attorney should be contacted early to avoid any missed deadlines.
CONVENIENT APPLETON LOCATION
Hammett, Bellin & Oswald LLC car accident attorneys can meet locally at our office in Appleton or Neenah, both of which are conveniently right off of Highway 41. We can also handle necessary documents via email or meet virtually.