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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin injury lawyer, Wisconsin tort lawAfter an accident or injury, some individuals choose not to file a personal injury case. It may be that, initially, the accident or injury seems inconsequential, or it could be a simple case of not understanding one’s rights to seek compensation. Whatever the reason, it may eventually come to light that the implications are further reaching than initially realized and, in order to ensure proper care and medical treatment, the pursuit of a personal injury lawsuit may become essential. The real question is, can you still file?

Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations provides would-be defendants in personal injury cases with a time limitation on how long they may be held liable. This statute varies greatly from state to state, ranging anywhere from one to six years. For example, North Dakota offers six years to automobile accident victims while only plaintiffs in Louisiana only have a year to file. Wisconsin’s statute of limitations is three years.

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Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crash attorneyThe statistics on children aged 14 and younger in car accidents are grim. In 2012 in the United States, there were 33,561 fatalities due to traffic accidents, and children aged 14 and younger accounted for three percent of the fatalities (1,168). There were also 169,000 children aged 14 and under injured in car accidents in 2012, and motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children aged 4, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Wisconsin is not immune from these incidents, and many Milwaukee families find themselves unsure as to what to do when their minor child is injured in an accident.

Bringing a Lawsuit

The good news is that you do have recourse if your child sustains injuries in a car accident. A child who is injured because of the negligence of another driver has his or her own cause of action. This allows minors to maintain lawsuits for their injuries, including medical expenses and any other out-of-pocket costs.

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Wisonsin personal injury attorney, Wisonsin car crash lawyer, the legal process, civil lawsuitsFiling a lawsuit quickly after a traffic accident occurs is important because the sooner the process starts, the sooner the victim can be compensated for his or her medical bills and other injuries. However, there is another important reason to file a lawsuit quickly: the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a time limit that the law puts on filing a case. Wait too long and a victim's opportunity to recover damages for the harm that he or she suffered can vanish. While this may seem like a harsh rule, there are good reasons for it to be in place, and it is important for people injured in accidents to understand these statutes.

The Statute of Limitations in Wisconsin

Statutes of limitations are time limits that vary depending on the type of case. A suit for breach of contract may have a different time limit that a suit for medical malpractice. Under Wisconsin law the statute of limitations in a personal injury case, the type of case arising from a traffic accident, is three years. This means that people have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit over it.

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