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What is the statute of limitations in Wisconsin?

In all of the posts we have written about car and truck accidents, including how drivers can avoid them, what they should do in the event they are in a crash and the different compensation awards that may be available, we have not written on the time frame in which personal injury claims may be brought.

Essentially, accident victims must bring a lawsuit to seek compensation within three years of an accident according to Wisconsin law. This is called the “statute of limitations.” This means that if an injured party fails to bring a claim within this time frame, they may lose the right to bring such a claim altogether. 

The basic notion behind a statute of limitation is that it would be unfair to a potential defendant to be possibly held liable in perpetuity for an accident. Because of this, the Wisconsin legislature enacted time limits for personal injury lawsuits.

In our prior posts, we have stressed the importance of having a proper investigation to determine the actual cause of an accident and to identify the proper parties who could be held liable. This is also important in making sure that the statute of limitations does not run out before a lawsuit is initiated (or claims settled).

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the claim, the statute of limitations could be “tolled” or the clock dictating when such a claim must be brought may be stopped, in order to allow a potential plaintiff to learn about their claim or to locate potential defendants.

If you have questions about when you can bring a personal injury lawsuit, a lawyer can help. 

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