The statute of limitations for personal injury claims varies from state to state, from case to case and from state to federal court. Failure to understand and meet these important procedural deadlines can be the cause for a case to be thrown out. It’s important to consult with a personal injury attorney to help you understand and meet the required deadlines for these complicated statutes.
For instance, if your injury involves a government agency, perhaps you were in an accident with public transport or you slipped and fell on the courthouse steps, you might have more or less time to file your claim. If you are filing for damages against your city or town, you may only have one year to file. However, if you are filing a claim against a state entity you might have two years. The type of claim also influences the amount of time you have to file. Some property damage claims have three years while a wrongful death suit against the state might only be two years. You also have to be clear on when the clock starts ticking on the statute of limitations. In most cases, the claim arises at the point of injury. If the case is an automobile accident, the date of the accident is the beginning of the statute.
In addition to understanding the statute of limitations for a particular claim, you need to know what type of damages you can claim. Is your case one that can file for physical damages or pain and suffering? Are you looking to replace lost wages from time off work?
There are so many details involved in a personal injury case and understanding the law and the statutes involved is crucial to the success of your case. We have over thirty years of experience dealing with statutes of limitation and can help you to navigate this complicated process. We know the law so that you don’t have to. Please contact our office for a free consultation.