Statutes of Limitations: When is it Too Late to Sue?

If you have suffered a personal injury due to another's negligence, you only have a certain period of time to file an injury claim, known as the statute of limitations. Once this time has expired, no court will likely be willing to hear your claim and you will be unable to recover compensation. Every state has its own statute of limitations that vary between injury claims, breaches of contract, or other offenses.

Statute of limitations are meant to preserve the integrity of evidence and keep people from indefinitely threatening other people with lawsuits. The clock on the statute of limitations will begin on the "date of harm," that is, as soon as the injury occurs or a person is made aware of their injury.

For personal injuries claims or lawsuits, individuals have two years to file. Injuries to one's reputation have one year while loss of consortium or wrongful death claims have four years to be brought forward.

What should I do if I've been injured?

The statute of limitations may seem like a significant amount of time, but life and other factors can often get in the way. You may be recovering from your injuries, getting medical treatment, or mourning over the loss of a loved one, not giving legal action a second thought. By the time you realize you can do something about it, it may seem like there is not nearly enough time. That is why it is crucial that you reach out to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following your accident. You should contact Kalka & Baer, LLC to begin you claim. We can work with you to gather evidence, witness testimonial, and other documents that will prove your case and secure the compensation you deserve.

You should be prepared for the defendant's attorney or insurance companies to do anything they can to delay a claim. However, when you have a seasoned advocate on your side, you can rest assured that they will get your case filed within the statue of limitations.