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Time is of the essence: Statute of limitations on personal injury claims

| Mar 30, 2021 | Firm News

An injury after any kind of accident, from a slip-and-fall to a commercial truck accident, may require you to file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for your injury. However, if you do not act quickly enough, the statute of limitations may invalidate your claim.

How fast should I act?

In most cases, however, you have 3 years to file a claim for a personal injury. However, if you must file a claim against a municipality or the state, the statute of limitation is merely 1 year. Furthermore, notification of a lawsuit is required within 180 days of the accident.

Why would I file a claim against a municipality or the state?

Accidents that take place on government property or are a result of government negligence are the state or municipality’s responsibility. Examples of this can be:

  • Slips-and-falls in a government office
  • Injuries caused by debris falling from a bridge
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Incorrect signage
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals

However, in the aftermath of an accident, you may focus so much on healing to consider exactly how the accident happened in the first place.

3 years or 180 days seems like plenty of time. Is it?

Recovery from an accident tends to take up a lot of your attention, so weeks and months can pass quickly. With that in mind, 180 days to notify a municipality is especially short notice, since as we mentioned above, the “how” of your accident may be the last thing on your mind.

The only sure way to secure your compensation for your injuries is to contact a skilled personal injury attorney. They can and will ensure that you file your claim against the proper parties quickly.