There are more than 80 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in Wisconsin. Their services range from research and development to organ regeneration to skin grafts for burn victims to creating over-the-counter drugs. Companies like this are liable to attract lawsuits – big lawsuits – because people get hurt during a sport or injured during car accidents. It's only natural, because we're human. We take the wrong dose of a medicine, for instance, or we don't listen to our doctors' instructions, or a spinal implant starts to degrade. Then we want compensation, and then we turn to the source to begin a lawsuit. And that is where we come in. Whatever happens during that next series of steps, if you need assistance for your personal injury case, Enjuris can offer guidance.
Wisconsin Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Wisconsin statutes online
This is where you’ll find the Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (which are also known as damage caps), and other important information.
In Wisconsin, you have three years to bring a personal injury and six years for a property damage claim. That means you have three years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame.
The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free. (Note that other legal specialties, such as traffic law or constitutional law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward, plus whatever office expenses they incur along the way.
If your case proceeds to trial, that percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't determined by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.
These are some cases of legal importance that came out of Wisconsin's courts:
Milberg v. Laber, No. 15-734 (2017): This blockbuster case from Madison, Wisconsin could be the most important election law case in decades. The federal district court determined that Wisconsin Republicans had drawn lines for the state Assembly so heavily in their favor that it violated Democrats' Constitutional rights. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, though the blocked the district court's demand that the map lines be redrawn by November 1, 2017.
Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214 (2017): This property case dives deep into murky land use territory and what constitutes a "regulatory taking" under Wisconsin law. The Murrs, four siblings, inherited two adjoining lots, E and F, which had been purchased by their parents at different times and were deeded separately. They were also taxed separately, though a local ordinance was passed in 1975, unbeknownst to them, that combined the lots. When the siblings sought to sell one of the lots in 2004, they were prohibited from doing so unless they sold the other lot as well. They brought suit, claiming that their land had been rendered worthless and that it constituted a regulatory taking. In effect, the regulation had taken their right to sell the lot, which is a basic property right under the Fifth Amendment. However, the Supreme Court fell back on a balancing test to see whether a taking had occurred, which must be applied "to the parcel as a whole," and they determined that it actually had not because overall, for both parcels taken together, the value had only declined by 10%.
Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972): This case discussed compulsory school attendance for Amish children past eighth grade. Here, the high court determined that freedom of religion outweighed the state's interest in compulsory education. The Amish believe that higher education is not only unnecessary for their way of life, but also a danger to their eternal salvation. The Supreme Court determined that having Amish children leave the American school system would not be an undue burden on our economic and social systems, and they also said that keeping them in school would do irreparable harm to the students, as their religion could not tolerate it.
There are many issues you can solve without the help of an attorney. If you don't know where to start, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.