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Arizona and Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney

Personal Injury

If you’ve been injured – physically or emotionally – by another person, a product, in an accident, or in the workplace, you have a right to be compensated for your medical and hospital bills, pain and suffering, and any other damages you have incurred. Cabaniss Law has been successfully representing  victims of personal injury since 1981.

person in wheelchairPersonal injury law covers a myriad of events. Accidents can happen anywhere – at home, in a motor vehicle, on the water, or in the workplace. If you’re not at fault, why should you pay the price? Animal bites can be as serious as they are common, and bite injuries are not limited to dogs. Sexual abuse causes deep, lifelong wounds, even if there is no physical injury. And the list goes on.

Cabaniss Law can tell you if you have grounds for a lawsuit, and how to proceed. I’ll tell you what evidence is needed, and if I take your case, I have the resources to gather that evidence. Because I personally handle every action that comes though this office, you’ll know your case has the attention of one of the e’s the most formidable personal injury attorneys in Arizona or Wisconsin.

If you’ve suffered a personal injury, contact Cabaniss Law and arrange a free initial consultation.

Motor Vehicle

Traffic accidents happen every day. If you or someone in your family has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries, your medical bills, loss of income, and the damage to your vehicle.  If you want to make sure you receive all you’re entitled to, you need a personal injury attorney. Of course, the first thing you may hear from an insurance company claim adjustor is that you don’t – or that, because you have to pay an attorney, you’ll receive a greater amount by settling on your own.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The fact is, the insurance company’s claims adjuster’s job is to pay you as little as possible to settle your motor vehicle accident claim – to save the insurance company money, not to see that you are treated fairly. The claims adjuster knows that if you don’t have an attorney to protect your interests, the insurance company can decide the settlement amount. Also, be aware that the insurance company or government agency that paid your medical bills may be entitled to be paid back out of any insurance settlement. Thus, If you settle an injury claim without an attorney, you may have to turn around and pay back the medical insurer. An attorney can often obtain reductions in medical liens – and in some instances can have medical liens eliminated.

If you’re involved in a vehicle accident, don’t put the insurance company in the driver’s seat. Call Cabaniss Law. Your initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out how much of a potential personal injury case you have.

Cabaniss Law has received millions of dollars in settlements for clients who have been victims of personal injury in auto accidents. In a recent trial, Cabaniss Law obtained a $1.47 million jury verdict in Washington County for a young lady who suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung when the car in which she was a passenger overturned.

Boats & Water Craft

Boating accidents are a fact of life – and death – in a state that has 15,000 lakes and over 13,500 miles of navigable rivers and streams. Wisconsin is home to over 500,000 registered motorboats, not to mention countless jet skis and other forms of recreational watercraft. When watercraft operators fail to meet their legal obligation to operate in a safe manner, serious personal injury, or even death, is often the result. Personal injury boating accidents have many causes. Driving too fast. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Inattention. Reckless operation. Inexperience. Faulty equipment. All of which are actionable.

If you’ve suffered a personal injury in a boating accident or other recreational watercraft accident, you are entitled to compensation for your water-related injury. It doesn’t matter if you were on a charter boat, tour boat or ferry boat on Lake Michigan, a pleasure craft on the river, a jet ski, a canoe, kayak, or even a raft.

If you’ve been injured on Wisconsin’s waterways as a result of the actions of someone else, you need to contact an attorney experienced in boating accidents, Wisconsin waterway laws, and maritime law. You need to contact Cabaniss Law. Attorney John Cabaniss has successfully settled cases for the victims of drunken boaters, negligent boaters and defective personal watercraft.

Motorcycle & ATV

More and more people are hitting the highways, byways and back roads on motorcycles and ATVs. Unfortunately, without the physical protection afforded by an automobile or other conventional vehicle, the results of a motorcycle accident or ATV accident can be especially devastating. There is a higher chance for personal injury, and for those injuries to be serious. Broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, neck and spinal cord injuries, or death can be the result.

You're entitled to compensation for your injuries or the loss of a loved one if another party is to blame for your motorcycle accident. Your personal injury, the value of the motorcycle, loss of income, healthcare and rehabilitation, future medical needs – all are recoverable. In the case of an ATV accident, the property owner may be liable if the path was dangerous or there were unseen obstructions. If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident or ATV accident, you need to consult an experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorney.

Attorney John Cabaniss has spent 25 years operating motorcycles and all- terrain vehicles. He has a motorcycle endorsement on his Wisconsin driver's license and successfully completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's RiderCourse®. His skills and experience, combined with his engineering education and background uniquely qualify him to prosecute such claims, fully understanding a rider's perspective. He has achieved settlements on behalf of hundreds of motorcycle and ATV accident victims.

Work Place

Workplace injuries are among the most prevalent form of personal injury. While it goes without saying that every workplace should be a safe place, some work environments call for more safety precautions than others. Construction sites and industrial facilities are obviously the sites of more workplace injuries than, say, a typical office.

In workplaces where there is more risk of injury, certain safety precautions are to be taken as a matter of course, and many are mandated by state or federal agencies. In an effort to save time or cut costs, those safeguards are often overlooked, and sometimes intentionally disabled. In addition, improperly maintained or faulty equipment can injure, maim or kill. That said, workplace injuries can occur in even the most benign workplace.

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have a claim against a contractor, company or individual if their negligence caused your work-related personal injury. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded. Cabaniss Law has successfully tried to verdict and settled numerous claims for workplace accident victims. In Gunka v. Consolidated Paper, Cabaniss Law achieved a $495,000 jury verdict for a workplace injury attributable to a defective ladder. Cabaniss Law has successfully settled workplace accident cases involving explosions, unsafely maintained equipment, and unsafely maintained premises.

Animal/Dog Bites

A dog bite injury can cause serious physical and emotional trauma, even causing life-altering scars and disfigurement. And when the victim is a child, a dog attack can be especially devastating, with long-term effects. If the dog isn't found right away, victims must undergo costly and painful rabies treatments. In Wisconsin, a dog owner is held strictly liable for the damages caused by the dog to a person, domestic animal or property. And if the owner knew that the dog had attacked anyone previously, the law provides for double damages. If the owner has a home, their homeowner's insurance company is often named in the claim.

Of course, animal attacks are not limited to dogs. Many people in Wisconsin own snakes, reptiles, domesticated wild animals and other exotic pets. The recent high-profile case in Connecticut involving a horrific, disfiguring and disabling attack by a "tame" chimpanzee points up the dangers inherent in keeping an exotic animal. If you are the victim of a dog bite injury or an attack, mauling or bite of any animal owned by a person or company, you are entitled to be compensated for your pain, suffering, medical care, future reconstructive surgery, disability and lost wages.

Cabaniss Law has successfully achieved settlements for numerous victims of dog bite injuries. Recently, John C. Cabaniss obtained a $67,000 settlement against a company whose guard dog bit a 4-year-old boy when he was taken to the company's premises by a babysitter without his parents' knowledge.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is one of the most life-altering experiences a person can endure. Even when there are no physical scars, the emotional trauma can be deep and devastating. The effects of sexual abuse can range from sleep disorders, eating disorders, depression and sexual issues to substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and even suicide. It is estimated that there are 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the U.S. today. Due to fear, shame or denial, a large number of these sexual abuse cases have never been reported.

In Wisconsin, the age of consent is 18. Any sexual activity involving a person under the age of 18 is considered sexual abuse. Adults who are mentally or physically disabled or otherwise not deemed able to consent can also be sexual abuse victims. Sexual abuse can happen anywhere – home, school, church, day care centers, residential care facilities for the elderly or disabled, even a doctor or therapist's office. Offenders are sometimes persons in positions of trust or power – a boss, teacher, coach, bus driver, caregiver, babysitter, counselor or clergy. In fact, only 10% of sexual abuse is perpetrated by strangers. In instances where the sexual abuse was committed by someone who works for an organization – a school, a company, a medical facility, or religious organization, for example – in some circumstances, the organization can also be held liable.

If you or your child has been a victim of sexual abuse, damages can be recovered for the physical and/or mental injuries suffered. In recovering sexual abuse damages, you need a personal injury attorney who is as compassionate as he is aggressive in pursuing your case. Cabaniss Law achieved a $550,000 trial verdict for a client who had been sexually abused by her stepfather between the ages of eight and fourteen.