We Care About Helping You After An Injury
When tragedy strikes in the form of a sudden, violent car or truck accident, boating accident or accident on the job, you want solid, comforting guidance from a personal injury attorney who is genuinely concerned about you.
At Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., we are dedicated to bringing about positive results for you. We take the time to listen to your account of the accident that injured you, answer your questions and supply you with all facts and legal options. We ensure that you receive the medical care you need. We investigate the cause of your accident, identify the party responsible and bring the facts of your case to insurers for skillful negotiation.
Thanks to our attorneys’ combined decades of experience, versatility, dedicated client commitment and reputation for results, we are the only firm you will ever need when an accident caused by negligence changes your life — or ends the life of someone you love.
Aggressively Protecting The Rights Of Personal Injury Victims
Our trusted Hudson law firm fights to safeguard our clients’ interests after serious injury, catastrophic injury to the brain or spinal cord, and wrongful death in:
- Car and truck accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Accidents that injure and kill passengers
- Accidents involving large commercial vehicles
- Accidents in company vehicles
- Motorcycle accidents
- Uninsured and underinsured driver accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles
- Boating and ATV accidents
We can also handle personal injury cases stemming from dangerous and defective products, premises liability, slip-and-fall, construction accidents, dog bites and animal attacks.
Get As Much As Possible
When you are hurt physically, financially and emotionally after an accident, you want aggressive and ethical advocacy from a lawyer who will maximize your for lost wages, medical expenses, repair or replacement of your motor vehicle, and pain and suffering. We know how to deal with insurance adjusters (and their lawyers) who try to minimize the amount of they pay. They represent the insurance company’s interests, not yours. We hold negligent parties and their insurers accountable — in a court of law if necessary.
Get Help From Attorneys Who Care. Free Consultations.
We deliver our services on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fee unless we win your case at trial or negotiate a damage award settlement that you approve. This means you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting us.
Contact Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., today to arrange your free initial consultation. Reach us by local phone at 715-338-3312, toll-free at 888-365-5389 from wherever you are in western Wisconsin or by email. We can visit you at your home or hospital room if you are too injured to travel.
When you suffer a serious injury because of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, you may have a lot of questions. Knowing what to do after a personal injury is not common knowledge for everyone, which is why it helps to have someone at your side to answer your questions.
Here at Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., our Wisconsin attorneys want to help you by answering some of your more pressing questions early on.
What Damages Can I Recover?
Compensation for serious injuries should include all of the expenses that came from your injury. Common examples of these expenses include:
- Lost income
- Current and future medical expenses
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
How Much Is My Case Worth?
There are many factors for how much a victim can earn for their injuries, and there are also limits to what they can receive. Wisconsin has caps on certain damages. For example, punitive damages can pay out no more than $200,000, and noneconomic damages have limits based on who you are suing. We can help you come to an accurate estimate of your damages claim.
Will My Case Go To Court?
It is possible but not very common. The vast majority of injury claims resolve before they ever go to trial. Going to trial means that both sides of a claim suffer more expenses, so it is typical for them to work diligently to reach a settlement.
What Happens After A Settlement Is Reached?
Once both parties reach a settlement agreement, the lawyers will receive the specified funds. Once we receive your settlement check, you will then receive a check for the remaining balance of your settlement after legal fees.
How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Case?
Depending on negotiations, injury claims can take some time, even as long as one or two years. We do everything in our power to resolve things quickly and efficiently without costing you money from your settlement.
How Do I Start My Claim?
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you receive your injury settlement.
When a serious car, motorcycle or truck accident caused by another motorist’s negligence results in a disabling injury to you — or the wrongful death of a loved one — an experienced personal injury attorney can protect your right to pursue maximum financial for all that you have endured.
In Hudson, Wisconsin, and the St. Croix Valley, the personal injury lawyers who work hard to achieve the justice you deserve are Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C..
When you have been in a car accident, whether you are dealing with your insurance company, a claims adjuster from the insurance company or a lawyer representing the insurance company against whom you may have a claim, the insurer is only looking out for its own interests. He or she is paid to keep claims down and minimize any he or she may need to pay.
For this reason, auto accident insurance companies also hire car accident lawyers to assist them in avoiding or minimizing the they pay to victims. You can protect your rights by retaining an aggressive, client-committed personal injury attorney who will safeguard your interests and strive to maximize the paid for your car, truck or motorcycle accident claim.
At Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., we hold negligent and distracted drivers and their insurers, accountable — in courts of law if necessary. We conduct an in-depth investigation of your accident to determine its cause and identify the party responsible. If an insurer is uncooperative in negotiations, we will not hesitate to protect your rights in court.
Contact our Hudson law offices today at 715-338-3312 to discuss your accident and injury in a confidential, no-risk initial consultation.
Experienced, Compassionate Personal Injury Representation For Western Wisconsin
We can advise you on how to answer questions and avoid making any statements that may be used against you in pursuit of your personal injury claim. An inadvertent comment could jeopardize your claim or the amount of you receive. We guide you through the claims process and fight to help you obtain full and fair for your car accident injuries, lost wages, medical bills, vehicle repair or replacement costs, emotional trauma and physical pain and suffering.
To eliminate any concerns, you might have about the cost of our quality legal services, we offer them to you strictly on a contingency fee basis. This means you owe no attorney fee unless we win your case.
For answers to your questions about Wisconsin motor vehicle accident or personal injury law, and to arrange your confidential, no-risk initial consultation with the Hudson motor vehicle accident lawyers of Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., please call 715-338-3312 or send an email. Home and hospital visits are available if your injury prevents you from traveling.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driver — and you are struggling with the pain and suffering of recovery, lost income, medical bills, car or truck repairs, and emotional trauma — the experienced Hudson personal injury firm of Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., is on your side.
For decades of successful personal injury law practice in the St. Croix Valley, Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., lawyers have fought for the rights of injured clients throughout western Wisconsin. We skillfully negotiate and aggressively litigate on behalf of those who are coping with catastrophic injuries to the brain and spinal cord, and families confronted with wrongful death incidents.
Holding Negligent Motorists And Insurers Accountable
Distracted driving can cause:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Accidents on dangerous highways
- Accidents that injure and kill passengers
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Injuries to the back and neck
- Damage to the brain and spinal cord
- Wrongful death
Distracted driving laws are rarely enforced, which only makes the distracted driver feel more entitled. Our firm works hard to hold these negligent drivers accountable. We investigate the circumstances of your motor vehicle accident, pinpoint the party responsible, attempt to reach a settlement with an insurer and, if necessary, litigate aggressively on your behalf in court.
Get A Free Consultation With An Accident Attorney
At Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., we believe that you should be able to focus on fully recovering from your accident without worries over the costs of our experienced personal injury representation. We work on contingency, which means that you will not owe any fees unless we win your case and collect the settlement damages you deserve.
If you are in a motor vehicle accident, your first concern should be to attend to the health and safety of all who are involved. Once that is done, the following steps will help you to protect your rights against the at-fault driver and the insurance company.
1. Identify The Driver, Vehicle Owners And Witnesses
It may be difficult to locate people once they leave the accident scene. Do not assume that the police will get all of the necessary information. Be sure to write down the license plate numbers of all cars involved. Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of the drivers of all vehicles and of all witnesses to the accident and who come upon the scene shortly after the accident. If the driver of the vehicle is not the owner of the vehicle, be sure to get the owner’s information as well.
2. Notify Your Insurance Company About The Accident
It is important that you notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as you can, even if the accident is not your fault. Otherwise, you may jeopardize your right to medical payments, uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage. If you do not notify your insurance company, you may also jeopardize your right to liability coverage if someone later claims the accident was partly your fault. It may take months or even years before you recover damages from the at-fault driver and his/her insurance company. Meanwhile, bills mount and your credit may be affected. Therefore, it is generally best to turn in your claims to your own insurance company initially so that the bills will be paid. You and your insurance company can later be reimbursed by the at-fault driver and his/her insurance company.
3. Photograph The Damage To Any Vehicle Involved
A person can have a serious injury even though there is little damage to his/her vehicle. However, many insurance companies are reluctant to pay for your injuries unless you have photographs of damages to vehicles. It is too late to get photographs once the vehicles are repaired. Do not just take photographs of exterior damage to the body of the vehicles. Show any cracked glass or broken windows. Show damage to the interior compartment of the vehicles such as bent steering wheels, damaged dashboards, seats that are broken or forced back, etc. Take photographs of any objects such as purses or packages that were thrown about in the collision.
4. Make Copies Of Your Repair Bills
Do not just turn in the bills to your insurance company or throw them away once your vehicle is repaired. The repair bills may become important evidence of the force of the impact in a later claim for personal injuries.
5. Photograph Any Visible Injuries You Have
A picture is worth a thousand words. These marks that prove your injury often disappear in a few weeks. It may be too late to preserve this evidence by the time you learn you may have a permanent injury. Also take photographs of you wearing any casts, slings or other medical devices that are prescribed.
6. Seek Medical Attention As Soon As You Realize You May Be Injured
Even though you may have a permanent injury, the insurance company may try to claim that you were not hurt because you did not go to a doctor right away. Do not assume that you will be better. If you feel any pain or discomfort seek medical attention as soon as you can.
7. Describe Your Injuries To Your Doctor, And Be Thorough
Be sure to tell your doctor about all the pains and difficulties you are having as a result of the accident. Do not hold back. Problems that seem minor now may become major later. If you do not tell the doctor about a problem early on, the insurance company may claim that it was not a result of the accident.
8. Maintain Records Of The Time You Take Off From Work And School Because Of Any Injuries
You may be entitled to from the at-fault driver and his/her insurance company even if your employer pays you for missed work or if you use vacation time or sick days. These benefits are valuable, and their loss may be compensable.
9. Document The Mileage To And From Your Doctor Appointments
10. Keep Detailed Records Of Your Medical Treatment
11. Make Copies Of Your Medical Bills And Related Bills
It is important to have copies of these bills even if your insurance company pays for them.
12. Generally, Submit Your Medical Bills To Your Automobile Insurance Company First
It may take months or even years to settle with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Meanwhile, your doctors want to be paid and you do not want outstanding bills affecting your credit. Usually, your insurance policies will provide that your automobile medical payments coverage pays bills first, and your health insurance company pays its share of any balance. If the at-fault driver does not have enough liability coverage to reimburse both you and your insurance company for losses, then generally you will be paid back before your automobile medical payments coverage is. However, if your health insurance company is an ERISA plan, they may have to be paid back first. The at-fault driver may not have enough liability coverage to compensate you as well. Therefore, it is generally best to have your automobile medical payments coverage pay bills before your health insurance company does.
However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule. You should consult with legal counsel soon after you are injured to examine your insurance policies and give you an opinion as to where the bills should be submitted.
13. Talk With A Lawyer Before You Talk To An Insurance Company
The law does not require you to give a statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. That company is not on your side and may try to use your statement against you.
You even need to be careful about giving a statement to your own insurance company if the at-fault driver is uninsured or does not have adequate insurance limits. If this is the case, be sure to consult with legal counsel before giving a statement to any insurance company, including your own. If the at-fault driver does not have any insurance coverage, you may have a claim against your own insurance company for uninsured motorist benefits. If the at-fault driver does not have adequate insurance coverage to fully compensate you for all of your damages, you may have a claim against your own insurance company for underinsured motorist coverage benefits. In such a case, your insurance company might be averse to you and try to use your statement against you. Your policy may require you to give a statement, but you should not do so without your legal counsel being present.
14. Follow Your Doctor’s Advice For Treatment
Take your prescription medications. Do any exercises that your doctor prescribes. Do not miss appointments. Otherwise, the insurance company may argue that it is your fault that you did not get better. Most important, good health is always better than a good lawsuit. Your goal is to get better so that you can enjoy your life.
15. Keep A Journal Of How The Accident Affects You
You can write this in a notebook, on a calendar or on your computer. Your memory of the accident will fade with time. It is important to record your recollections promptly. The first part of your journal should detail the events of the day right before the accident, what happened during the accident and what happened after the accident. You should note anything said by any of the drivers or witnesses. Note the injuries you receive and how your activities and sleep have been affected. Later, record any changes in your condition. You do not need to keep a daily record, but the better the record, the better legal counsel will be able to serve you.
16. Get A Copy Of The Police Report
Check the report for accuracy. Police officers occasionally make mistakes. Bring any errors to the attention of the investigating officers so that they can correct them.
17. Contact Legal Counsel Early
Evidence disappears with time. Markings on roadways disappear. Layouts of roads may change. Witnesses’ memories fade. It is important that counsel be able to secure valuable evidence before it disappears.
Your claims may be barred if proper notices are not given. Especially in the case of claims against any governmental agencies or , the law requires that notices be given within a very short period of time. Failure to do so may bar your claim.
Insurance policies need to be reviewed and decisions made as to what notices need to be given to which companies and to whom claims should be presented.
The earlier that counsel is involved the better. Hopefully, you will have a quick recovery. However, it is important that counsel is involved long before you may know that you have a permanent injury.
Get A Free Consultation With An Accident Attorney
Remember, this list should not be a substitute for legal advice from professional lawyers. At Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., in Hudson, we can advise you on your course of action following an accident. To get your free consultation, call us at 715-338-3312, toll-free at 888-365-5389 or send us an email.