One of the most difficult calls a personal injury attorney can receive is when a potential client says he was badly injured and the statute of limitations is about to expire. Busy attorneys will often decline taking such a case because they do not want to take the risk that the suit cannot be filed on time. It takes time to know whether a case has the merit and value to justify litigation.
Statute of limitations deadlines are legal time limits that control when lawsuits must be filed. If the lawsuit is not filed before the deadline, it is subject to dismissal by the court. It is extremely important that you find out the deadline for the case and keep it in mind during the litigation.
Statutes of limitations vary from state to state and are occasionally changed by legislatures. To be sure of your deadline, you should research the law for your state.
If the injury involves medical malpractice, a defective product, assault and battery, slander or libel, or any other kind of injury, a different statute of limitations deadline may apply. A trip to your local library or online research will clarify this important issue.
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