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New pothole-liability law a possible hindrance to personal injury plaintiffs’ claims

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A new law, known as the pothole-liability law, in Wisconsin has the capability to restrict a personal injury claimant’s chance to gain compensation from the local government should he or she decide to press legal action for the damages sustained.

Fifty-one-year-old Kevin Droz, who was driving his car when a piece of concrete smashed into his window, struck him in the face, and  blinded him, is an example of how this law has affected those seeking personal injury damages. In his case, the possibility of getting up to $50,000 worth of financial compensation became impossible since the bill took effect 13 days prior to his accident.

The pothole-liability law gives immunity to counties, cities, towns, and villages from personal injury lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who sustained injuries due to highway defects. People can now only hope to file and win a case if they can prove that a government agency failed to act on a situation that would be detrimental to the health of its citizens.

Sustaining harm to a defective road can cause a range of injuries and long-term problems. Despite this new law that makes it harder to obtain compensation, our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to help you if you’ve been injured in this manner. Call 800-242-2874 to learn about your legal rights in this situation.