The Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
Depending on the type of personal injury, the statute of limitations may begin to run when the injured person first discovers the injury. However, the statute of limitations can be extended for non-obvious injuries. Furthermore, there are certain situations where the statute of limitations may be shorter. For example, a crash with a city truck would trigger a much shorter time limit than a case against a private business or organization.
In certain circumstances, however, the time limit is shorter or delayed. For example, if the person injured is a minor, their time limit will be two years. The same rule applies to medical malpractice cases, and claims involving minors will have shorter statutes of limitations. If the injured person is under the age of 18, the time period is three years. Similarly, if an injured person is under 18 years old and suffers from a mental disability, the time period is one year.
The time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit depends on the specific state. In most cases, a lawsuit must be filed within 3 years of the accident. However, this statute of limitations is different from state to state. For instance, an accident that results in severe brain damage can be filed up to nine years after the accident. The three-year personal injury statute of limitations applies to people who are over 18 years old. If the injured person is under the age of 18, the time period is two years.