Statute of Limitations GenerallyA statutory limitation is essentially a timer on your case. What this means is that you have a certain number of days from the time of the accident to bring a case or lawsuit for your injuries. A common question is, how long do I have before the statute runs out? And the answer is that each case is different. You may have 6 months to one 4 years and if you are a minor, been incarcerated or on military duty these statutes can be extended. It is important to remember that these timelines are set forth by law, therefore once they pass, it becomes very challenging to overcome the issue. Attorneys refer to a case in which the statute has passed as “lapsed”. The proper term is “the filing period has lapsed”. Remember that your attorney has a duty to know of these filing deadlines.
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