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Appleton, WI injury lawsuit attorneyA serious injury can have a huge impact on your life and your finances. In addition to paying for medical treatment, you may lose income if you are unable to work while you are recovering, and you may require ongoing rehabilitation or accommodations for disabilities. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit will allow you to recover compensation from the person responsible for your injuries. However, if your injury was caused by a friend or family member, you will probably be hesitant to take legal action against them, since you do not want to jeopardize an important personal relationship. Fortunately, Wisconsin’s direct action statute may allow you to recover compensation from the person’s insurance company rather than bringing a lawsuit against them.

What Is Direct Action?

Wisconsin statute 632.24 states that an insurer is liable for damages caused by a person covered by an insurance policy, up to the policy limits. This is a law that is unique to the state of Wisconsin, and it allows an injured person to pursue a lawsuit against an insurance company rather than (or in addition to) the person who caused the injury.

Under this law, you can avoid taking legal action against a family member or friend who acted negligently and caused injuries or other damages. This can be beneficial in a wide variety of situations, including:

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Appleton work injury lawyersNational estimates suggest that as many as 17 million workers are employed under a temporary contract. Studies also suggest that such workers are at an overall higher risk for injury than traditionally hired employees. Yet few temp workers know what their rights are when an injury does occur. Some may even miss out on compensation that was rightfully owed to them. Do not make this same mistake. Instead, learn what your rights are as an injured temp worker, as well as how you can greatly improve your chances of receiving the most compensation possible for your injury.

Traditionally Employee versus Temp Worker

In a large percentage of on-the-job injury cases, employees are compensated through the workers’ compensation system. This generally ensures their medical bills are paid, and that they receive a portion of their regular paycheck while they are healing. However, these employees are generally barred from pursuing a lawsuit against their employer.

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Recently, firefighters spent hours trying to extinguish a fire in the Proctor & Gamble mill in Green Bay. The fire, caused by a paper machine, occurred during the middle of a workday. The fire extended into a paper dryer and the roof above the machine. The fire was finally put out around 1:30 p.m. An additional fire was reported in the dust collection tubes, which extended the operation until later into the afternoon.

Wisconsin Workplace Injury Rates

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