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Can I still bring a personal injury lawsuit?

Accidents are bound to happen during the winter driving season. It appears that many people across western Wisconsin are resigned to this possibility. Because of this, people tend to drive slower when the driving conditions become challenging, and they take reasonable steps to clear off their vehicles so that ice missiles do not threaten other drivers.

Unfortunately, even through the best intentions, car accidents still occur. For those who are injured and have suffered property damage, they may be curious about when they must bring a lawsuit to recoup money damages to compensate for their medical bills, their pain and suffering and any property damage.

This post will highlight an answer to that question. 

In Wisconsin, injured motorists and pedestrians must know about the statue of limitations. This means that if a person does not bring a lawsuit for damages within this time frame, they may lose the right entirely to seek a legal remedy. The statute of limitations exists because it would be unduly burdensome to hold a potential defendant potentially liable forever. Because of this, accident victims must bring a lawsuit within three years of being injured.

Indeed, there may be unique circumstances where the statute of limitations may be tolled (in other words) held in place, so that a person may seek money damages even after the original statute has expired. If this describes your situation, it is important to have a discussion with an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled lawyer can assess your case and explain the strengths and weaknesses that may allow you (or prevent you) from recovering money for your injuries. 

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