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Wisconsin's Statute of Limitations
Statutes of limitations restrict the time period that a person can file a lawsuit. These statutes not only vary by state, but they also vary by cause of action.
Personal Injury Actions
These actions must be brought within three years of the date of the injury.
Medical Malpractice Actions
Actions against health-care providers must be filed within three years of the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred or within one year from the date that the injury was, or should have been, discovered. In no event may a person file a medical malpractice claim more than five years from the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred. In the case of a minor, suit must be filed by the minor's 10th birthday or within the general medical malpractice limitations period, whichever is later.
Products Liability Actions
Products liability actions must be brought within three years after the plaintiff suffers the injury.
Special Rules for Minors Except in cases of medical malpractice, a minor has two years from the date of his or her 18th birthday to file suit.