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. Failure to file suit within this time frame prevents you from filing suit at all. In some instances, there are various exceptions to the statutes of limitation that may extend or limit the limitation periods. There may be special claims presentation requirements for claims against state and local government. For these reasons, it is important to consult an attorney as early as possible to be sure you don’t miss a crucial deadline.
In Nevada, an action for personal injury or wrongful death generally must be brought within two years from the date when the cause of action accrues. In most cases the cause of action accrues on the date of the incident, but there may be exceptions when the injury could not have reasonably been discovered until a later date. Any medical malpractice action for personal injury or death must be brought within four years from the date of injury, or two years from the date the injury was or should have been discovered.
The above limitation periods are tolled when the claimant is a minor or mentally incapacitated. In most cases, when the disability exists at the time the cause of action accrues, the action may be brought within the above time limits after the disability is lifted. In a medical malpractice action, claims by a parent or guardian on behalf of a minor are governed by the above limitations. However, when a minor suffers brain damage or birth defects, the period is extended until the minor reaches the age of ten and a claim for sterility may be brought within two years from the child discovering the injury.
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 to discuss 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.