You were involved in a serious car crash, and you knew that you wanted to file for compensation. That’s great because it means that you are also aware that you likely need to speak with your attorney and get the case started right away.

If you didn’t know, there are limits on how long you’re allowed to wait before filing a case. These limits are in place to protect both parties. On one hand, it helps make sure that you file early and can get compensation earlier. On the other, it protects people from facing lawsuits years after an incident happens.

How long do you have to file a claim in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, you have only three years to file a claim for an injury following a collision. Usually, the time you have to file starts the moment you’re injured or should have known about an injury. In your case, the date of the collision may start the clock for your claim, so it’s a good idea to get in touch with your attorney to handle the case.

In most situations, it’s smart to begin the claim in the few days following the crash, even if you don’t accept a settlement or haven’t begun to understand the implications of the injuries you’ve suffered. Your attorney will be there to help get the process started and will keep documentation to build your case over time. If you wait too long to file, you could find it harder to seek the compensation you need. In some cases, waiting to file for years could mean you lose the right to seek compensation from the other party at all.