How long do I have to file a lawsuit for a personal injury claim?
This depends on the type of claim being brought, who the claim is being brought against and the age or mental status of the person bringing the claim. For most personal injury cases involving an injured adult the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit is two years from the date of the event that caused the injury. However, if the claim involves filing suit against a municipality or government agency the claim must normally be brought within one-year. There are many exceptions to the general rule so it is always best to consult with a personal injury attorney to determine whether there is time remaining to file a lawsuit. Because time is of the essence and an otherwise valid claim can be dismissed if it is filed too late it is always a good idea to take action and speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.