Being injured in an accident is not something anyone wants, but being prepared may help you to know what to do when the time comes. When you are injured and it wasn’t your fault there are laws in Wisconsin that protect you.
These laws are called personal injury laws. Understanding your rights can help you to move fast when you’ve been hurt because of a negligent or reckless party.
What is the Law of Negligence in Wisconsin?
The law of negligence states that when a person injures another person, on purpose or because of carelessness, the injured party has every right to seek damages. The purpose of this law is to set right a wrong that has been done to the injured party.
Although no amount of compensation can erase what happened to you, a monetary settlement or award may be able to pay off your financial losses and provide enough for you to look to the future.
What is the Statute of Limitations on Filing a Personal Injury Case?
When you decide that you want to file a claim for personal injury you must ensure you get your case filed by the filing deadline. With personal injury cases the deadline, or statute of limitations, is three years from the date of your injury accident.
If you don’t file your claim within that time frame, you will lose your chance to receive justice and compensation for what’s happened to you. The court makes very few exceptions to this timeframe, so make sure you meet the deadline.
Can I File a Claim Against the Government?
Not everyone realizes that they can file a claim against the government if injured. When the government has been negligent they can be made to pay you for your injuries and losses. An example of negligence by the government:
You enter a courthouse and slip on a spill that’s been left in the middle of the hallway. No sign or warning marked the spill and an employee knew that the spill was there but failed to clean it up. If you were seriously injured you can sue the government to recover compensation for your injuries.
There is a catch, however. With claims against the government you must file a notice of claim with the government agency within 120 days of your accident. If you fail to do this then your claim could be thrown out.
A Wisconsin injury lawyer should be able to help you with understanding these laws, and your lawyer will help you to receive the most compensation that’s available for your case. Your compensation amount will depend on the seriousness of your injuries, but many accident claims in Wisconsin receive the following damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Accident-related medical care such as copays, hospital stays, surgeries, medications
- Mental trauma caused by the accident
- Physical therapy costs
- Mental health services
- Property damage, if applicable
- Loss of work wages
- Permanent injury/scarring/disfigurement
- Loss of life enjoyment
Now you know some of Wisconsin’s basic injury laws. With any luck, this information will help you when you need it.