The law requires that you file a lawsuit within a specified period of time depending on the nature of the claim and the entity that caused your injury. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. Generally, for personal injury claims, the statute of limitations in Alaska is two years from the time of injury.
The period of limitations usually runs from the time the injury occurred. Special rules, however, apply in some situations. If the claimant is under the age of majority, or incompetent by reason of mental illness or disability, the twoyear statute begins to run when the disability is lifted. When the injured party is under the age of eight years, the time period before the person's eighth birthday is not a part of the time limit.
For lawsuits brought against public entities, there are statutes which often require lawsuits be brought within a very short period of time, and only after written notice of the injury has been given to the government.
Injuries cost money, including time away from work, medical bills, and other complications. Before taking legal action or trying to negotiate a settlement on your own, you should talk to an attorney about your case. You can search LawInfo’s legal directory to find a local personal injury attorney about the merits of your case. This one step can level the playing field, help you protect your rights, and put you in the best position for recovering the compensation that you deserve.