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If you have a personal injury case in Wisconsin it is only natural to speculate on how much money you might get out of it. Looking at average settlement and verdict data can be very misleading because each individual case is unique. The best way to get an idea of what type of payout you can possibly expect in your case is to look at compensation awarded in prior cases with similar facts.

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Below are summaries of verdicts and reported settlements in recent personal injury cases from Wisconsin. There is no guarantee that you will get a comparable payout from your case, but these verdicts and settlements will give you an idea of what to possibly expect.

Wisconsin Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements

A report released last week by the Manhattan Institute — “Greater Justice, Lower Cost: How a ‘Loser Pays’ Rule Would Improve the American Legal System” — says making personal injury lawsuit losers pay the winner’s legal expenses would improve the fairness of our legal system.

“The integrity of our legal system is under assault. Establishing loser-pays rules and other tort reforms can help restore citizens’ faith in the bedrock of society — justice, fairness, and the rule of law,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani wrote in the preface to the report. (With the election over, Giuliani is apparently capable of complete sentences that do not contain 9/11. I am a little surprised.)
I have not given the issue any thought. I think the problem is that it presents an intimidating bar for Plaintiffs who have been the victim of someone else’s negligence in a case that is not clear cut. Do we want to discourage those suits? —–

The Wisconsin District 4 Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit filed by the family of an ABC Sports cameraman who died five years ago while installing a camera before a college football game. A Dane County Circuit judge dismissed the case in 2006. According to the wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the cameraman’s family, the director of Camp Randall Stadium failed to install required railings on the platform on which the cameraman was working.

Wisconsin’s diploma privilege rule that allows law students who graduate from Wisconsin law school to become a lawyer without taking a bar exam has brought about a class action lawsuit by those left out. The lawsuit, that was certified by a Wisconsin judge this week, alleges that an out-of-Wisconsin law school graduate are denied due process because it treats students differently.

I think the world might be a slightly better place if people were not so concerned that someone else is “getting over.” I just think the whole thing is silly.

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