Herrick & Hart, S.C. has represented the injured for over 65 years. Herrick & Hart, S.C. represents injured adults and children throughout the State of Wisconsin. Some of the main places where our personal injury practice takes us includes, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, LaCrosse, Menomonie, Rice Lake, Superior and Wausau. We have an attorney who is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. We also have a lawyer who has been named one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Wisconsin. Our personal injury practice also extends into Minnesota.
Personal Injury - An Overview
Personal injury lawsuits are filed by people (or their representatives in the case of wrongful death) injured due to the negligence of someone else. The injury may be either physical or emotional, and it can arise from a variety of sources or types of conduct. Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include slip and fall, automobile collisions, assaults and battery, medical malpractice, dog bites and product liability. A personal injury attorney provides legal services to those who have been injured due to the negligence of another person, government entity or company. If you or someone you know has been injured by the careless actions of another, contact a personal injury attorney at our firm to find out how we can help you preserve your rights.
Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
When you're injured, you need all the help you can get, and you need it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that means that some who have been injured pick the first attorney they find rather than making an informed choice. Before you hire a personal injury attorney, it's important to educate yourself and find the right fit for you and your case. The following list can help you find an attorney who is right for your case.
Personal Injuries from Dangerous or Defective Products
When someone is injured while using a dangerous product, they may have a claim against the responsible party in a products liability suit. Products liability law is based upon the responsibility of the manufacturer to compensate users of products for injuries caused by dangerous or defective products placed into the stream of commerce. The underlying concept behind products liability law is that companies manufacturing products are in the best position to prevent dangerous products from entering the marketplace.
In the past years, products liability law has undergone a major overhaul in the State of Wisconsin. The law changes have been adverse to the person who has been injured by a dangerous product.
Personal Injuries from Dog Bites
A dog bite can leave both physical and emotional scars. A dog bite can haunt someone the rest of their life. Wisconsin is a strict liability state for dog bite injuries.
Although animal-attack claims most commonly involve dog bites, many other types of domesticated animals, such as ferrets, cats, and even birds, can also bite humans. Even nondomesticated animals, such as large cats ordinarily found in the wild, but owned by some people as pets have been known to attack children and adults. An owner's liability for injuries caused by his or her pet, if any, will vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A lawyer from our firm who is experienced in handling personal injury claims is an excellent source for accurate advice and information if you have been injured in animal attack.
Slips, Falls, and Other Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability law involves the legal responsibilities of property owners and occupiers to prevent injuries to persons on their property. One of the most common causes of such injuries is a slip and fall, such as on an icy sidewalk, a loose or uneven stair tread, or a piece of debris or spilled liquid on the floor. Property owner liability varies depending on the rules where the injury occurred. An experienced personal injury lawyer at our firm can evaluate the strength of your premises liability claim and help you recover damages for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
A bad result from medical treatment does not make a medical malpractice case. Some risks from medical treatment are unavoidable. In evaluating a medical malpractice case, a personal injury lawyer looks to find the standard of care and see if the health care provider followed them. In situations where the standard of care was not followed, there may be a claim for medical malpractice. Even if the standard of care is clear and the medical provider went below the standard of care, an injured patient can still expect protracted litigation.
When Personal Injuries Result in Death: Wrongful Death Cases
In general, a wrongful death claim is one in which it is alleged that a person died as a result of another's negligence. The deceased person's surviving relatives, dependents, or beneficiaries may bring suit against the responsible party or parties, seeking monetary damages for their losses. Wisconsin has rules regarding wrongful death claims. A personal injury attorney at our firm can advise you on whether you have a valid wrongful death claim and can help you pursue that claim against the responsible party or parties.
Selecting a Personal Injury Attorney
If you've suffered an injury through the fault of another, you may be out of work, overwhelmed with piles of medical bills, or in constant pain and agony. Under any of these circumstances, researching, locating, and retaining a lawyer to handle your personal injury claim can seem like yet another insurmountable obstacle. There are, however, some guidelines that can help you to select a personal injury lawyer to handle your case. With a personal injury lawyer from our firm on your side, you can breathe a sigh of relief and focus on your recovery while we carry at least part of your burden.
A Second Opinion for your Personal Injury Case
At Herrick & Hart, S.C. we often receive calls from injured persons who have already talked to an attorney and many times the lawyer has rejected taking on their case. In other instances, we receive phone calls from injured persons who have hired an attorney, but the attorney after beginning representation changes their mind and concludes they no longer want to continue with the case. This is often called "dropping" the case. At Herrick & Hart, we would be glad to offer a second opinion if you are first declined for representation or the lawyer you have hired decides not to continue with the case. Some of our biggest settlements and jury verdicts have come from such situations. The circumstances involving the initial decline of the case or the later rejection many times means that the original attorney was not experienced in the type of case that you have. People often seek second opinions for doctors. You should know that you have the same right to do so with your personal injury case. In some instances, we may agree with the original decision not to take on the case. In that situation, you can sleep easier knowing that you sought a second opinion.
Referring a Client to Herrick & Hart, S.C.
Many solo attorneys and small firms are overwhelmed with their current work loads. We receive many referrals from attorneys who do not practice in the area of personal injury law. There is no greater compliment that we can receive than being recommended by other attorneys for personal injury representation. When you work with Herrick & Hart, you can be certain:
- The client will receive comprehensive representation.
- Any referral agreement reached will comply with the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules for ethical conduct.
- You will be partnering with seasoned lawyers with years of courtroom experience.
- You will be dealing with a firm that has been in the personal injury field for over 60 years.
- We will work hard to get your client the compensation they deserve.