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Statutes of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits

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What is the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit? Have you been in an accident or sustained an injury and thought about filing a lawsuit. Well don’t delay. Every state has a deadline called the statute of limitations by which a personal injury lawsuit must be filed with the court. In some states for example, you may have as little as one year from the date of say an automobile accident to file a lawsuit for your injuries. If you miss the deadline for filing the case, you will be barred from ever bringing the lawsuit to court. Statutes of limitation differ not only from state-to-state, but also with regard to the type of lawsuit involved. In some states, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice, wrongful death cases or lawsuit against governmental agencies may be shorter than for other types of personal injury cases. In general however the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from one to three years. There are some exceptions to the rule however, if you might have a lawsuit on your hands, consult an attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights

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