A statute of limitations is, simply put, the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against a company or individual based on the laws in your state. The last day that a case can be filed is known as the statutory deadline; and once this day has passed, a claim or case can no longer be filed. Because we do not handle cases in criminal courts, this article will focus on civil statutes and how they may affect your case.
Each state passes their own laws to set the statute of limitations for civil cases. These cases are divided into two categories: personal injury and wrongful death. If you’re interested in how these laws differ from state to state, the legal help website NOLO put together a list.
If you bring your potential claim to Onder Law, one of the first things we check is the statute of limitations that applies to your case. If the statutory deadline has already passed, we will inform you of that, even if we decide to keep investigating on your behalf. Our number one priority is to make sure that everyone with a valid potential claim is filed with the courts before the deadline, and we work to make sure we achieve that every day.
The bottom line is this: if you’ve been injured and you think that another person, product, or company may be at fault, it’s best to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible to see if you have a case. Depending on where you live, the clock may already be running, and the more people that wait to take action, the more companies get away with their bad behavior scot-free. But together, we can make a difference.