“Statute of Limitations” is a fancy word for deadline. It is the time limit on when you have to file a lawsuit following being harmed by another person’s conduct.  Here are some of Wisconsin’s more common statutes of limitations. There are more — I have a 600 page book of them!

contracts

6 years

defamation

2 years

fraud

6 years

injury to personal property

6 years

intentional torts

2 years

libel

2 years

medical malpractice actions

3 years from date of injury

medical malpractice action based on insertion of foreign object

1 year after discovery of object

minors

2 years after date of 18th birthday

negligence causing personal injury

3 years from date of discovery

open account for debt collection

6 years

oral agreements

6 years

personal injury

3 years

product liability

3 years

promissory notes

10 years

slander

2 years

written contract

6 years

wrongful death

3 years from date of death

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