The Wex Legal Dictionary defintes "statute of limitations" as Any law that bars claims after a certain period of time passes after an injury. The period of time varies depending on the jurisdiction and the type of claim.
Statutes of limitations exist for both civil and criminal causes of action, and begin to run from the date of the injury, or the date it was discovered, or the date on which it would have been discovered with reasonable efforts. Many statutes of limitations are actual legislative statutes, while others may come from judicial common law.
That is the legal definition. But what does it mean for your case? Are there statutes of limitation (SOL) for motor vehicle accidents? Workers' comp? Medical malpractice?
The answer for all of these is YES.
Want to learn more about motor vehicle accidents? Click here. Workers' comp? Click here. Medical malpractice? Click here.
The SOL will differ in case types, and in geographic locations (jurisdictions like DC, Maryland and Va. all have different laws on this). For medical malpractice the SOL will run out in 2 or 3 years, genearlly speaking. Click here for more information about that. For workers' comp the SOL in Washington, DC will run out one year after the injury happened, or after the employer became aware of the injury. Virginia and Maryland have different rules. Click for more information on workers' comp. The SOL for personal injury (car accident or otherwise) is three years. Click here for more information personal injury.
Thankfully, kids usually get extra time after an injury, (and we won probably the most significant child injury statute of limitations case in DC for a child with cerebral palsy that was caused by medical malpractice that happened at birth) but it varies from place to place - so for a child's injury in DC, Maryland or Virginia, call us and we'll talk you through it.
As you can see, if you have been seriously injured you don't have time to waste. It's better to call us now to make a determination about your case, than to wait and try to file later. While you wait you may lose memory and important documents, and get delayed in treatment. You can call us today at 202-393-3320 for no cost and no obligation. So what have you got to lose?