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Top Wisconsin Personal Injury Laws to Know

  • Suffering an injury can be a painful, confusing time. You need compensation, but you’ll have to gather evidence, calculate your claim’s worth, and take other steps to get that compensation. Worse, you’ll need to keep up with the Wisconsin personal injury laws that will affect your compensation the most.

    This can be difficult. There are plenty of laws you might not need to know, while others might devastate your claim if you don’t act with care. No matter what type of injury you’ve suffered, however, there are two laws most likely to affect your claim: the statute of limitations and the negligence law. If you’re striving for the full compensation you deserve, be sure you understand these two laws first.  


    Statute of Limitations

    Every injury case has a limit on when you’ll be able to file called the statute of limitations. In Wisconsin, that means you’ll have only three years to file your claim. If you don’t act in time, you’ll be barred from recovery and your claim will be dismissed.

    Three years may sound like plenty of time, but it’s best to act sooner, rather than later. When you’ve suffered a serious injury, it might be difficult to focus on your recovery and your claim. As such, you might find yourself overwhelmed with all the steps you’ll need to take for your claim and how little time you have.

    As such, you’ll need to contact a lawyer if you’re coming close to your time limit. Acting quickly can protect your claim and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.


    Comparative Negligence

    Once you file your claim, you’ll also need to take measures to protect it. While the other person may have clearly caused the accident, they might try to put some of the blame on you. Unfortunately, your claim might be affected by that.

    “Comparative negligence” may put some of the blame for the injury on you, not the defense. For example, if you’re found to be 20 percent at fault, you might only be eligible to recover 80 percent of the compensation you were owed.

    This is already serious, but if you’re found more than 51 percent at fault, you could lose your chance to recover at all. If this happens, your claim will be dismissed, and you’ll be barred from receiving compensation.  


    An Attorney Can Keep You Informed

    Once you’ve suffered a personal injury, you’ll need to act to get the compensation you need. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep up with all the laws that might affect your claim. This puts you in danger of losing your ability to recover compensation.

    That’s where a Milwaukee personal injury attorney can step in. At the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg, we know the most important laws for your claim, and we’ll fight to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve. Get started today with a free case review by calling 414-271-7007 or by visiting our website.