A statute of limitation sets a firm deadline on how much time you have to file a lawsuit in civil court, after you have suffered some type of injury. Different kinds of cases have different deadlines; typically, it is two to six years after the injury. Generally, once the statute of limitation has run out, you cannot pursue a personal injury lawsuit. However, there are some exceptions.
The “discovery rule” will extend the deadline until the time that the injured person should reasonably have figured out that they were injured. An example of this is asbestos cases where mesothelioma or some other asbestos-caused illness does not present itself until decades after the plaintiff’s exposure to the materials that contained asbestos. This type of “extension” often applies in cases of chemical or toxin exposure.
If the Injured Is A Minor
If the plaintiff was a minor at the time of injury, the State will allow the person to reach the age of 18 before the clock starts ticking.
There are special types of civil cases where the statute of limitations is extended. For example, in Connecticut, civil claims for childhood sexual abuse can be brought up until the victim reaches the age of 48. An attorney can advise you if there are special rules that may apply in a given case.
If you think you might have a personal injury lawsuit, it’s important to understand and abide by the statute of limitations.
Are You A Victim Of Personal Injury? Act Promptly!
If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, it is important that you take action right away. Contact our personal injury attorney in Bridgeport, CT to discuss your case. Attorney Eric Reinken makes sure that his clients are made aware of the Statute of Limitation as per their case, so that prompt action can be taken. Call us at 203-541-0090/ 800-987-8780.