Drivers, business owners, doctors, manufacturers and others must act with reasonable care to others or face legal action. Victims of negligence or malpractice may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation or damages.
Motorists who are impaired, texting and driving, speeding or engaging in other reckless or negligent conduct may be liable for injuries caused by auto accidents. An injury or insurance lawsuit may be filed against them when their conduct caused an accident.
A business owner has the duty to prevent or provide adequate warnings about hazards at their location. A premises liability lawsuit may be filed in cases involving a slip and fall or other tripping hazard at a business, such as a store or restaurant. In a product liability action, a manufacturer may be strictly liable for any harm that their products caused to consumers.
A physician, healthcare facility or other healthcare provider also possesses the duty of providing an adequate standard of care to their patients. A medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed, which typically holds the facility, and sometimes the doctor or staff member, liable for compensation and damages.
Several considerations apply to personal injury lawsuits. First, a claim must be filed within a time period set by Wisconsin law following the injury or its discovery. Otherwise, the right to sue may be permanently lost. Insurance policies may also cover the liable party. Insurance companies often play a role in defending their policy holders or seeking a negotiated settlement.
Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation procedures may also govern any workplace accidents. These have different standards and coverage. Families who lose a loved one because of another party’s negligence or liability may also pursue these rights in a wrongful death lawsuit.