How Long do I have after an Accident to Sue?

Posted by Erik Hoyle | Feb 08, 2024 | 0 Comments

The time limit you have after an accident to file a lawsuit, known as the "statute of limitations," varies depending on the jurisdiction (country or state) and the type of claim you're planning to file. In the context of personal injury cases, such as those arising from car accidents, slip and fall incidents, or other accidents, the statute of limitations typically ranges from one to six years, with two or three years being the most common in many jurisdictions.

It's important to note that there are exceptions and specific rules that might apply depending on the details of your case. For instance:

  • Claims against government entities often have shorter deadlines and require a notice of claim to be filed well before the actual lawsuit.
  • The statute of limitations for minors may not start until they reach the age of majority.
  • In cases involving latent injuries or illnesses (those not immediately apparent), the time limit might start from the date the injury was discovered or should have been discovered, rather than the date of the accident.

Given these complexities, it's crucial to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to understand the specific statute of limitations that applies to your case and any actions you need to take to preserve your right to sue. Failing to file a lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations typically results in losing the right to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

Contact The Hoyle Firm for further information regarding your case

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Erik Hoyle

Erik grew up in a small town in upstate New York. He enlisted in the Army at age 17 and has spent most of his adult life serving in the military. Erik deployed twice to Iraq, earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal with Valor device for his actions in combat. Erik later c...


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