In most cases, you have three years to file a slip and fall lawsuit in Wisconsin. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations, and like most statutes or laws there are important exceptions to the general rule…and there are important things that you need to know so that you can protect your rights.
Exceptions to the Three-Year Rule
The statute of limitations may be shortened or lengthened depending on your specific circumstances. For example:
- The statute of limitations may be shorter if you fall on government property. Specifically, you must follow certain rules to provide required notice to the government of your fall accident and resulting injury. For example, you may be required to provide notice in writing within 120 days of your fall. Other rules may also apply.
- The statute of limitations may be lengthened if you were a minor at the time of the fall. If you were under the age of 18 when you fell and your parent or guardian failed to file a lawsuit on your behalf, then you may be able to pursue a lawsuit for two years after you turn 18 so long as that does not extend the statute of limitations more than five years.
An experienced slip and fall lawyer can let you know if any statute of limitations exceptions apply to your case.
How to Protect Your Rights
Regardless of when the statute of limitations expires for your case, it is important to take action quickly. When you pursue a claim quickly there may be better evidence available to prove your case and you may be able to recover damages faster.
To find out more about protecting your rights after a Wisconsin slip and fall accident, please start a live chat with us now and schedule your own free and confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer.