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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

If you are injured in an accident that is caused by another person or business, you may have a valid personal injury claim under Wisconsin law. However, if you do not take action to contact a seasoned Madison accident lawyer as quickly as possible following your accident, you risk giving up your right to bring your claim altogether. This is the rule in Wisconsin, even if the other driver involved in your motor vehicle accident was clearly at fault and you sustained serious and permanent injuries in the accident. Therefore, you have no time to waste in contacting an attorney for help following an accident that causes you injuries.

A time limit on your ability to file any type of lawsuit is called a statute of limitations. Once the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case under Wisconsin law has expired, you can no longer file a personal injury claim, no matter how strong your claim is. In the state of Wisconsin, you have three years from the date of the accident in which to either settle your claim or file a personal injury lawsuit in court. However, there are certain circumstances that can make the statute of limitations shorter. For instance, if you have a personal injury claim against a city, you have to give the city written notice of your injuries no later than 120 days after the accident. The statute of limitations for personal injury actions also differs if the injured person is a minor or an incompetent person.

In fact, many statutes of limitations in the state of Wisconsin changed as of February 6, 2016. For instance, a claim for property damages following an incident previously was subject to a six-year statute of limitations. For incidents occurring on or after February 6, 2016, however, you now only have three years from the date of the incident in which to make your claim for property damages.

Boller & Vaughan are experienced Madison personal injury lawyers who know Wisconsin law and know how to effectively represent your interests in any personal injury claim that you might have. Call our office today and learn how our attorneys can help ensure that you meet the applicable statute of limitations in your case.