What is the Statute of Limitations for My Case?
A statute of limitations is the legal deadline for filing a lawsuit in court. Each of the 50 states and the federal legal system has detailed laws that describe the statutes of limitations for a variety of circumstances including personal injury and wrongful death cases. The statutes of limitations are often a period of years. They vary based on a number of factors, including:
- the type of injury or illness that is the basis of the legal claim
- whether the injury is a matter of medical malpractice — some medical conditions caused by malpractice do not appear immediately; in fact, it may be years before they manifest
- the age of the person who was injured
- whether the case will be taken up in a state court or a federal court
If an injured individual or his surviving family waits too long to protect their rights by contacting a personal injury attorney, they may miss the relevant statute of limitations and lose their right to bring a legal action for compensation for their losses.
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