When To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit | WI Personal Injury
How Do You Know When To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit is typically filed when a person has suffered a severe or life-changing injury as a result of another person’s negligence. Personal injuries vary in severity, but lawsuit-worthy injuries often include loss of function or mobility, an inability to work, devastating pain, and/or economic hardship as a result of the injury. People can be injured in many types of situations such as slip and fall accidents, nursing home accidents, medical malpractice situations, car accidents, and more.
Usually, when the victim sustains such an injury that he or she is unable to work, has high medical bills, or the injury was life-altering, he or she will seek legal counsel to explore the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit.
When To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit
After you’ve been injured and had a chance to begin recovery and take stock of your situation, it’s natural to wonder if you should file a lawsuit. Even seemingly minor incidents like slips and falls can result in a severe injury that warrants a lawsuit.
In general, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit when:
- An injury has long-lasting or life-altering consequences.
- You have lost your job or ability to work due to the injury.
- You have mounting medical bills and more treatments to come.
- You believe someone else is responsible, or at fault, for your accident.
Fault in a personal injury lawsuit is a critical consideration. Sometimes, injuries result from honest to goodness accidents, and no one can bear the blame for the accident. In these cases, you would be unlikely to have a personal injury case because there isn’t anyone to sue. However, if someone else bears partial or full fault for the accident, it can be argued that they bear responsibility for the injuries sustained, and you may be able to sue for damages.
Consult A Personal Injury Attorney To See If You Should File A Lawsuit
Consultation with a personal injury attorney is vital if you think you have a case. Your attorney will examine the facts and circumstances of your case to determine if someone is at fault for the accident and what sort of damages you may be entitled to receive. It’s essential to meet with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident because in some cases, there may be a statute of limitations on how long after an accident a lawsuit can be filed. In general, victims only have 3 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit under the Wisconsin statute of limitations law.
If you have been injured and want to explore your legal options, contact the team at Eisenberg Law Offices to arrange a free consultation. Call 608-256-8356 or email Info@eisenberglaw.org to schedule.