How the Statute of Limitations Impacts Your Personal Injury Case

Clients often want to know if they’ve waited too long to file a personal injury lawsuit after an automobile accident. When you can file a personal injury claim as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident is governed by state law, referred to as the statute of limitations. This regulates the time limit an injured automobile accident victim may bring a claim for damages against an at-fault party, alleging that the at-fault party acted negligently or recklessly in causing physical injury and that you should be compensated as a result. If you have sustained an injury as a result of an automobile accident, contact O'Donnell Law Center to discuss your options with a qualified attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Statute of Limitations

If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident as a result of someone else's negligence, you have a limited amount of time to file your claim. In Missouri, the time limit is five years. If you do not file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations period, you loose the right to do so.

People often speak of the statute of limitations, though in fact, there are many statutes of limitations which apply different limitation periods to different kinds of claims.  An example is a medical malpractice claim, which in Missouri has a much shorter statute of limitations period than a claim for damages following injury from an automobile accident.

It can be difficult to calculate and keep track of the various limitations periods, and tricky to determine how the statute of limitations applies to your particular set of facts. To determine which statute applies to your particular type of claim and how it applies to your set of facts, it is always a good idea to consult early with a Missouri attorney. You may have the right to recover damages and a skilled attorney can help you understand and preserve that right.

If you believe you have a personal injury claim as a result of an automobile accident, please contact a Lake of the Ozarks personal injury attorney at O’Donnell Law Center immediately to discuss your potential claim.

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