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Wisconsin drunk driving accident lawyersEach year, nearly 10, 000 people are killed in drunk driving accidents. Even more experience injuries of varying degrees. Many victims need at least some form of medical treatment, which can result in costly medical bills. Further, some drunk driving accident victims may lose time at work. Still, others may experience permanent disability and may never be able to return to work – and all because one person acted with negligence. Thankfully, victims do have the right to pursue compensation for their losses. The following explains what types of compensation victims may be owed, and how they can increase their chances of a fair settlement.

Common Types of Compensation

Like with most auto accidents, victims may pursue compensation from the negligent driver’s car insurance company. Handled much like any other claim, this type of compensation is known as a personal injury claim. However, drunk driving victims may also be owed restitution from the drunk driver. Such damages are sought through the dram shop laws; though they are limited, they may increase the overall amount of a victim’s settlement.

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Wisconsin personal injury lawyer, medical evaluationAfter you are involved in an accident, emergency personnel are often called to the scene to identify whether or not emergency care is required. If it is determined that you do not need to be immediately transported in an ambulance, you may believe that you are “fine” and do not need any further medical attention. However, emergency medical teams only conduct a cursory examination to identify serious or life-threatening conditions and they do not look for all types of personal injuries. For this reason and more, going to the emergency department or doctor as soon as possible after any type of accident is recommended.

Diagnosis of Injuries is Important for Your Health

In some cases, it may be very obvious that you have been injured due to pain, bleeding, or other symptoms. In other situations, however, injuries may not have immediate or recognizable signs or symptoms. This can often be the case with the following injuries:

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Appleton personal injury attorney, personal injury caseIn recent years, posting personal details of your life on various social media websites for hundreds of your friends, family, and acquaintances to see has become the “norm.” While social media is a great way to stay connected to others, it can be a potentially harmful in some situations. One scenario in which you want to largely avoid posting on social media is during a personal injury case.

Courts May Allow Social Media Posts And Photos As Evidence

If your personal injury case does not settle and you have to file a lawsuit, the opposing party and his or her attorney will likely be searching for ways to avoid liability or limit the damages they are responsible for by showing any of the following:

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fatal head injuries, Wisconsin Personal Injury LawyerA recent incident that made international headlines demonstrates the severity of an unexpected head injury. On August 24, 2015, 37-year-old Justin Wilson—a longtime IndyCar driver—succumbed to a severe head injury, leaving behind his wife and two young children. He had been in a coma since a freak accident occurred the day before during a race on the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Toward the end of the 200-lap race, the lead driver lost control and crashed, causing debris to fly off his car and back toward the drivers behind him—a type of situation particularly dangerous during IndyCar races since the racing vehicles have open tops which leave a driver's head exposed. For this reason, drivers have little more than a helmet to protect them from head and brain injuries. When a large metal nose cone came off the wrecked vehicle and careened into Wilson's vehicle, it hit Wilson in the head and caused him to lose consciousness. Wilson was in a coma until he passed away from his injuries the next day.

Head Injuries Can Occur in a Number of Ways

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injuries happen at school, Wisconsin Personal Injury LawyerWith the beginning of the school year quickly approaching, many parents will send their children off into the care of other adults each weekday for the next several months.

Parents should be able to trust that their children will be safe from harm while at school; however,  injuries do occur on a regular basis in a wide variety of school-related accidents, many of which occur due to a school's negligence. In certain cases, an injured child has the legal right to receive compensation from a school or party that was responsible for the child's injuries.

Common Types of Injuries at Schools

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