When it comes to the courts, time isn’t on our side. If you sustained a personal injury because of someone’s negligence, you may be tempted to put off taking any immediate legal action. But it’s important to be aware that your rights may be affected if you wait too long to file a lawsuit for any type of wrongful conduct, from an auto accident to a workplace injury or a slip and fall. You may be unable to seek justice in your case because time has run out under the statute of limitations.
In personal injury law, the statute of limitations refers to the window of time you have to file a lawsuit after wrongful conduct has caused you harm. In general, the time period runs from the time the accident occurs, or when it was “discovered,” to the date the time expires to file a lawsuit. If you are injured and try to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations expiration date, a court may dismiss the lawsuit entirely.
The time period on statute of limitations varies from state to state and from claim to claim. Because it can be difficult to keep track of the various statutes and exceptions, it’s wise to contact a qualified attorney who can tell you how the statute of limitations might apply to your specific case.
The following are examples of different types of cases and how the statute of limitations would apply to them in different states. There may be some exceptions:
- Personal injury: 2 years from the date of the injury (Georgia and Alabama); 2 years (Washington, D.C.)
- Products liability: 1 year from the date of injury (Alabama); 2 years (Georgia); 3 years (Washington, D.C.)
Don’t delay filing your case beyond the time period outlined in the statute of limitations. If you wait too long, you may lose your rights. If you or a loved one was injured due to another’s negligence, contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today. An experienced attorney can provide a free and confidential consultation and answer any questions you have about your case and the statute of limitations. Get in touch with us today before it’s too late. We vigorously defend the rights of our clients and pursue the full compensation entitled to them under state law.