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What is the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Wisconsin?

The Wisconsin statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time that you have to file a lawsuit. There are different deadlines for different kinds of cases. The Wisconsin statute of limitations is typically three years for personal injuries. This means you have three years from the date your injuries occurred to settle your injury claim or to file a lawsuit.

If you miss the Wisconsin statute of limitations, then you will miss out on receiving compensation for your injuries. Don’t jeopardize your recovery in this way. Instead, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after you are injured so that you can make sure that your rights are protected.

Exceptions to the Wisconsin Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

If your Wisconsin personal injury claim is against a municipal entity such as a city or county, then you will be required to notify the government of your injury in writing within 120 days of your accident. You will also have to provide the city or county with a notice of your Wisconsin personal injury claim before you begin to file a lawsuit.

The statute of limitations is also shorter in wrongful death cases resulting from motor vehicle accidents. In these cases, you have two years to file a case.

In some situations, however, the statute of limitations may be extended. For example, the Wisconsin statute of limitations may be longer for minors and for people who are deemed mentally incompetent. According to state law, those who are minors or mentally incompetent can begin Wisconsin personal injury claim proceedings up to five years after they sustain injuries in some situations.

A Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney Can Help Protect You From Missing the Statute of Limitations

After any serious injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you should consult with a Milwaukee personal injury attorney. You can risk losing all the compensation you are entitled to if you miss the Wisconsin statute of limitations by even one day.

Your Milwaukee personal injury attorney handles personal injury cases on a day-to-day basis and will make sure all I’s are dotted and all T’s are crossed to meet the Wisconsin statute of limitations and help preserve your legal rights. To learn more about how a personal injury case works in Wisconsin or about your own recovery please contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule your own free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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