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What Are Victims’ Rights?

When an individual is injured, he or she can suffer steep financial damages like high medical bills and missed wages. If the victim was injured because of another party’s negligent behavior, the victim can seek compensation for these damages through a personal injury claim. Before filing a personal injury claim, a victim should take the time to ensure that he or she fully understands his or her rights and responsibilities through this process.

You Have The Right To Seek Compensation

If you are injured in an accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. You are not, however, entitled to collect these damages. Your claim will be reviewed by the negligent party’s insurance provider, who will try to find reasons to reduce your compensation amount or deny your claim completely. You have the right to provide evidence to support your claim and to negotiate your settlement amount with the insurance provider, but you are entitled to collect nothing.

You Have The Right To Work With A Lawyer

You have the right to have a lawyer handle your personal injury case. Your lawyer can advise you through each step of the process and help you build your case by obtaining and using relevant pieces of evidence. Your lawyer can also negotiate with the insurance provider on your behalf to help you secure an appropriate amount of compensation for your damages. He or she can also help you avoid any pitfalls that can work against your case, like agreeing to a lowball settlement offer.

You Have The Right To Litigate Your Case

If you cannot reach an appropriate settlement with the negligent party or their insurance provider, you have the right to file a lawsuit to have the court rule on your case. In Wisconsin, personal injury cases are handled by the circuit court. In Green Bay, the circuit court is located in the Brown County Courthouse.

You Have The Right To Appeal The Court’s Decision

If your lawyer feels the court made its determination in error, he or she might consider appealing its decision. This choice is generally pursued when a party feels that the court misapplied the law to his or her case or if there was an error with a component of the case, such as the gathering or use of evidence. When an individual appeals a court’s decision on a personal injury case, the case is moved to an appellate court where it is reviewed and may receive a new ruling.

Work With An Experienced Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident because of another party’s negligence, consider working with our team of experienced Appleton victims’ rights attorneys at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, to pursue compensation for your damages. Contact our team online or call 920-202-8872.