Updated: Aug 11
If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in you being injured through no fault of your own, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Every state has is a given window of time that you are able to take legal action for your case. This is known as the statute of limitations.
The purpose of the statute of limitations is facilitate the outcome of a case within a reasonable amount of time. Evidence also becomes harder to preserve over time because it gets destroyed or altered. Accident scenes eventually need to be cleaned up or fixed. The memory for witnesses also becomes less accurate over time. Before the statute of limitations, people could sue for an issue that occurred decades prior.
Statutes of limitations varies from state to state and depending on the lawsuit being filed. In the state of Idaho, a personal injury case must be within 2 years of the injury in order to be within the statute of limitations whereas it is 4 years in Wyoming. If the statute of limitations has passed, your case will be dismissed in court, and you will have wasted time and money.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, or if you’re just trying to be prepared, learn about the statute of limitations where you live. If it hasn’t expired for your particular situation, there may still be a chance for you to get the compensation you deserve. Contact us to get in touch with a personal injury attorney.