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How Long Do You Have To File A Lawsuit

| Mar 12, 2018 | Uncategorized

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There is no one specific answer to this question. It is always advised to handle a lawsuit as soon as possible. Every state has its own limits. These are called statutes of limitations. The amount of time that you have in order to file also varies according to on the type of claim.
Rules in one state may allow a plaintiff with a personal injury claim one year from the date of injury. In another state personal injury, plaintiffs may have two years to sue.
See the source below for a chart of statutes of limitations in all 50 states. You will definitely want to speak with a lawyer as well.
Once you’ve figured out which statue of limitation applies to your case, you will need to determine when the clock starts ticking. Usually, this starts according to the date that you were harmed. In some cases, the clock may start ticking on the “date of discovery” of the harm.
The clock can basically start ticking at 3 different times. The earliest time is the date of harm, the later time would be the date in which the plaintiff should have discovered the harm, the latest time would be the actual date that the plaintiff did discover the harm.
Statutes of limitations are not always one year, but generally, allow at least a year. An exception to this would be when you sue a government agency. In these circumstances, you usually always have at least a year from the date of harm to file a lawsuit. If you plan to sue within the first year, you should have no problems no matter what the lawsuit entails.
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