In Wisconsin, section 893.54 of the Wisconsin Statutes sets out various time limits that will limit a person’s ability to pursue certain claims.
Generally, if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, you have three years to bring your claim. This same three-year period applies to actions to recover damages for death caused by the wrongful act of another. However, if the death was caused by an accident involving a motor vehicle, the time limit is shortened to two years.
Understanding the Requirements
These are the general requirements relating to statutes of limitations in Wisconsin. However, there are always exceptions. For example, if the injured party is a minor, there may be additional time to bring the claim. Sometimes statutes of limitations can be extended by certain payments, but analyzing whether this kind of extension may apply requires the involvement of an experience personal injury lawyer.
There are also other time limitations to be aware of. For instance, there are statutes of repose that apply to various claims involving products or structures. A statute of repose, unlike a statute of limitation, is backwards looking. This means that if you’re injured by a product or unsafe structure, you may be barred from bringing a claim depending on the age of the product or structure.
Consulting with an Attorney
If you have been injured, it is always best to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that a lawyer can help you understand all of the important time limits that may impact your ability to pursue compensation. Contact our personal injury attorneys to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.