Personal Injury Statute of Limitations by State

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Personal Injury Statute of Limitations by State

Statute of limitations are deadlines for filing a lawsuit. In the context of a personal injury case, you must file a lawsuit within a specified time after an injury occurs. If you are injured and wait too long to file a legal claim, you may never be able to bring a lawsuit to recover for your injuries.

The period of time during which the plaintiff can file the lawsuit vary depending on the type of claim and the state the plaintiff is filing the lawsuit.

What Are Tolling Periods?

Sometimes the statute of limitation is "tolled" for a period of time. When the time period is tolled it means that the time period is on hold and is not running until the toll period ends. This gives plaintiffs extra time to file the lawsuit.

For example, the statute of limitation does not begin to run if the defendant is a minor, is insane, or is in prison. When the reason for the tolling ends, the statute of limitation begins to run again.

Each state has a different Statute of limitation, or time period within which to file a personal injury lawsuit. The following are the statutes that apply to each state:

STATE LIMITATION STATUTES

Note: When referring to the states listed above, look to the state where your injury occurred, rather than the state where you live.

Should I Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?

You should talk to a personal injury attorney to make sure that you understand the statute of limitations that applies to your individual situation. If you have a strong legal claim, your attorney will help you file a claim and will represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 08-25-2014 04:31 PM PDT

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