Wisconsin Personal Injury Resources

Wisconsin is located in the Northern part of Midwestern United States. It touches 2 Great Lakes; Lake Michigan to the east and Lake Superior to the North. Wisconsin is known for being “America’s Dairyland” because it produces most of the nation’s dairy products and is also famous for its cheese production. Wisconsin got its name from an American Indian group living by the Wisconsin River at the time of the first European contact. A French explorer was the first to write down the name of the river “Meskousing” in his journal. The name evolved over time to “Ouisconsin”, which is now the French name for the Wisconsin River. There is a statute of limitation in the state of Wisconsin. In most personal injury cases, there is a deadline of 3 years, but if claim is against a government or school employee the time limit is 120 days.
Wisconsin had an estimated population of 5,726,398 in the year 2012, which makes it the 20thth most populous in the United States. The state had a total of 293,153 civil incoming cases, which is 5,151 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, many are tort cases, tried in the Circuit Court. One famous tort case that happened a century ago was the Putney v. Vosburg case. The defendant, 11 year old Putney, made contact on the plaintiff’s right shin intending no harm. The plaintiff, 14 year old Vosburg, did not feel the contact at first due to the degree of shock. However, he started to experience severe pain and swelling, causing him to undergo 2 surgeries. Vosburg then took action against Putney alleging assault and battery. In the end, Vosburg was granted $2,500 for damages.
The state of Wisconsin has a comparative negligence law which means that you may still receive damages as long as you were found less than 51% to blame. The damages are reduced according to your degree of fault. Like the rest of the country, in Wisconsin, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases. These claims all involve some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents. Traffic accidents generally make up the bulk of personal injury claims, and this is certainly the case in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin State Resources
State of Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsin.gov/
Official Portal of Wisconsin: http://www.portalwisconsin.org/
Wisconsin Legislature Online: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/
Wisconsin Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/government.html
Wisconsin Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.wi.us/
Milwaukee County Official Website: http://city.milwaukee.gov/home

Wisconsin Court Resources
Wisconsin Courts Online: http://www.wicourts.gov
Links for Wisconsin Courts: http://www.wicourts.gov/courts/index.htm
Wisconsin Office of Court Administration: https://www.wicourts.gov/courts/offices/
Supreme Court of Wisconsin: http://www.wicourts.gov/courts/supreme/
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Wisconsin Legal Associates
State Bar of Wisconsin: http://www.wisbar.org
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
Milwaukee County Bar Association: http://www.milwbar.org/
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Wisconsin Legal Resources
Personal Injury in Wisconsin: http://research.lawyers.com/Wisconsin/Personal-Injury-in-Wisconsin.html
Wisconsin Legal Resources: http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/wisconsin.html
Wisconsin Constitution: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/rsb/2wiscon.html
Wisconsin Legislature and Statutes Online: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/rsb/stats.html
Wisconsin Rules of Evidence: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/1975/statutes/statutes/901.pdf
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Wisconsin Public Records finder: http://www.peoplefinders.us/public-records/wisconsin.htm
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vosburg_v._Putney