Statements from witnesses can be crucial evidence in a compensation claim for an injured victim in Wisconsin. Witnesses might be those who say your accident happened, are familiar with your physical injuries, or have insight into your emotional struggles caused by the accident.
Witness statements from eyewitnesses, medical experts, police officers, therapists, and loved ones can be important for a car accident claim. Each witness can provide different information that illustrates a defendant’s fault and undermines any arguments a defendant might have to the contrary. Victims can get witnesses to provide statements by asking them to or subpoenaing them. Victims can also provide their own statements, which can be especially compelling in an auto accident case in Wisconsin.
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Statements from several witnesses can be helpful following a car crash in Wisconsin. For example, eyewitnesses can provide first-hand accounts of an accident. Experts, like medical and vehicle experts, can use their considerable experience and knowledge to lend credence to your claim. Statements from police officers can also be useful in illuminating certain facts of a case. If you saw a mental health care professional or confided in loved ones about emotional struggles following an accident, their statements can also be helpful.
Eyewitnesses can provide statements that explain the events leading up to an accident in Wisconsin. They might have seen an at-fault driver operating their vehicle negligently, perhaps running a stoplight or driving over the speed limit. Eyewitnesses can also provide insight into aspects of an accident initially unknown to a victim. Our Wisconsin personal injury lawyers can contact eyewitnesses following an accident to learn if their statements will be useful to you in your case. In addition to providing helpful statements, eyewitnesses may have taken videos or photographs that pertain to your claim.
Statements from medical experts and the specific doctors that have treated a victim’s injuries are typically useful. Medical experts can explain the extent of your injuries and the anticipated impact they will have on your life moving forward. Such experts can also eliminate any claims that pre-existing conditions might have contributed to or worsened your injuries. Medical experts might include neurologists, spinal cord surgeons, or other specialists, depending on your injuries. Along with your medical records, statements from medical experts can confirm how and when you sustained injuries in Wisconsin.
It is common for defendants to claim that issues with their vehicle caused an accident, not their own negligence. Defendants might also attempt to argue that another person’s recklessness caused a collision in Wisconsin. Vehicle experts can assess the photographs from a crash site, such as fall out, impact zones, and property damage, to more accurately determine which vehicle initiated an accident. These individuals can also use their expertise to undermine claims that mechanical issues caused the collision that harmed you in Wisconsin.
The police officers that responded to your accident can provide useful statements in your claim for compensation. Police officers can attest to the involvement of an at-fault driver and explain their impressions of an accident site. Law enforcement officials typically interview all involved parties, which might inform their opinions. If a police officer administered a blood alcohol test or was told useful information by an at-fault driver that indicated negligence, they can include such details in their statements.
Certain damages are more difficult to recover for victims, often requiring statements from mental health care professionals. For example, if you wish to recover non-economic damages following a motor vehicle accident in Wisconsin, it may benefit you to see a therapist. Statements from a mental health care professional can help illuminate the emotional impact a negligent driver’s actions have had on your life.
If you confided in loved ones about your struggles following an accident in Wisconsin, their statements might be useful to you. Close friends and family can explain the emotional, physical, and financial struggles you faced following a collision that require compensation from an at-fault party.
Victims can provide their own statements about an accident in a compensation claim. Such statements can be extremely compelling and allow victims the opportunity to explain how they sustained their injuries and how those injuries have impacted them financially and in terms of their quality of life.
Witnesses can be compelled to provide statements, even if they initially declined. Getting witness statements may be as simple as asking a witness to be involved in your case.
Certain witnesses, like eyewitnesses, police officers, and victims’ relatives, are willing to provide statements when requested by an auto accident victim in Wisconsin. If you need to find out who the witnesses were so you can contact them, you can often learn such information from the police report for your crash. The medical professionals that are treating you should also respond positively to requests for statements. If, for some reason, witnesses do not initially agree to give their statements, they can be subpoenaed.
Getting outside expert witnesses to provide a statement in support of your claim might require a different approach. Our attorneys can contact qualified experts to review the facts of your case and provide their expert opinion in a statement. Getting witness statements is crucial for car accident cases, as they can provide insight and expertise that illuminates fault and enables a victim to recover compensation for all damages related to a collision in Wisconsin.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.