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How Long Do I Have To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit



You've been injured by the negligence of someone else. It could be due to a car accident, a slip and fall, or any other number of causes. The first question you need to answer is: How long do you have to start a lawsuit? The answer to this question will determine if you have a case or not. If you fail to start your lawsuit on time, it's over, and no amount of explaining will fix this problem.

Research Statute Of Limitations

The answer to this question can differ depending on what state you are filing your lawsuit in, who or what caused your injury and a long list of other possible factors. Each state spells out how long you have to start a lawsuit in its Statute of Limitations. Lawyers.com provides a listing of Statutes of Limitations for every state. For example, in New Jersey, you have two years to start your lawsuit. However, just across the border in New York State, you have three years to start a personal injury lawsuit.

Don't Wait Too Long To Consult An Attorney

Who or what you are suing also affects the time you have to start a lawsuit. Many states and municipalities have specific laws that limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against a state or town. In some cases, your time to start the suit, or at the very least notify the town or city that you plan on suing it, can be only months. How do you make sure you don't miss the deadline? The best advice is not to wait long after your injury to consult with an attorney. She will be able to quickly determine, based on the facts of your case, which Statute of Limitations applies and make sure that your rights are protected.