Being involved in an accident that greatly affects your physical and emotional health can be so traumatic that seeking monetary damages through a personal injury lawsuit may seem like more than you can handle. However, if a negligent act was the cause of your injury, seeking compensation for your injuries is an important part of your recovery process. Any damages gained can help you pay for medical or therapy expenses and, if your injuries are extensive, may be absolutely necessary to avoid financial dire straits.
If you suspect negligence to be a factor in your case and wish to pursue legal action, you must first know the specifics on personal injury law in your state. While Wisconsin’s laws are largely the same as those of other states, it is important to be knowledgeable about the law before you contact a lawyer.
Wisconsin uses the four main tenants of personal injury law. You must prove:
Wisconsin also has a comparative negligence law which addresses any negligence on your part that may have contributed to the accident. Wisconsin comparative negligence law holds that any damages you are given will be reduced in proportion to the amount of negligence attributed to you.
There is also a modified comparative fault rule in Wisconsin. This law makes it so that an injured party cannot receive compensation if he or she is 51% or more at fault, but can receive compensation if his or her fault is found to be 50% or less.