Wyoming relies heavily on the mineral and tourism industries to generate revenue, but 2017 saw the expansion of its only pharmaceutical company in the state. This company makes generic prescription drugs, which in this day and age, is a huge moneymaker. Companies of this type are liable to attract lawsuits – big lawsuits – because patients don't realize the generic version is different than the regular version, that the dosage is different, or they don't listen to their doctors' instructions. Then they want compensation, and then they 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.
Wyoming Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Wyoming statutes online
This is where you’ll find the Wyoming Statutes & Constitution. 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 Wyoming, you have four years to bring both a personal injury and a property damage claim. That means you have four 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 of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as housing law or commercial collections 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 Wyoming's courts:
Wyoming v. Houghton, 526 U.S. 295 (1999): This case had all to do with searches under the Fourth Amendment and what constituted a "search" (this case also had the wonderful, wry wit of Justice Scalia writing the opinion). The police in Wyoming stopped a car in the early morning hours for speeding and driving with a faulty brake light. David Young and Sandra Houghton were questioned; when the police noticed Young had a syringe in his pocket and asked him what it was for, "with refreshing candor, Young replied that he used it to take drugs." The police continued to search the car and, inside Sandra's purse (after she had told them her name was Sandra James) found a license with her real name and a box containing meth. They were both placed under arrest. They were convicted at trial, but on appeal their convictions were reversed, as the police lacked probable cause to search the purse based solely on the driver having a syringe. The Supreme Court of the United States reversed, saying that first we had to look at the Framers' intent when writing the Constitution. Failing that, we have to look at reasonableness and balance that with privacy interests and furthering legitimate government interests.
Wyoming Sawmills, Inc. v. United States Forest Service, No. 02-8009 (2004): Medicine Wheel, a sacred stone circle dating back to prehistoric times, was constructed by the aboriginal peoples of North America and remains a place of religious and cultural importance for various Native American tribes in the region. Although its exact age is unknown, archaeologists have determined that humans have been present in the area for 7,500 years or more. The United States Forest Service created a Historic Preservation Plan in 1996 that would preserve the landmark, but the plan was temporarily halted when a sawmill corporation sued the Service and claimed that that the accommodation for religious exercise violated the Establishment Clause. The sawmill lost their argument of First Amendment Violations at both the district court level and at the 10th Circuit.
Wyoming v. Oklahoma, 502 U.S. 437 (1992): This thrilling case discusses the interstate shipping of coal. Wyoming is a major coal-producing state, and while it does not sell coal, it does place a severance tax on those who extract it. For about five years in the 1980s, Wyoming provided almost 100% of the coal purchased by four Oklahoma electric companies, including one of their major state agencies, the Grand River Dam Authority. However, the Oklahoma legislature passed an Act that required coal-fired electric utilities to burn a mixture containing at least 10 types of Oklahoma-mined coal, which meant that Oklahoma's revenue went up while Wyoming's severance tax revenue declined. Wyoming brought suit, filing a complaint under the Supreme Court's jurisdiction, saying that the Oklahoma Act violated the Commerce Clause, and asking for an injunction that permanently enjoined the Act's enforcement. That motion was granted over Oklahoma's objections that Wyoming didn't even have standing to bring the case in the first place. A Special Master was appointed and the states started filing cross-motions, things got ugly, and it was determined that Wyoming did have standing, the Court did have original jurisdiction, and the Act did violate interstate commerce because it excluded coal based on its origin.
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.