WHAT IS A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS?
Great question! We hear this term a lot on the news these days. A statute of limitations is the time limit you have to file your case. And the length of time will depend where the injury occurred, what (or who) caused the injury, what type of injury it is and even how old you are when you get injured.
All states have these laws, either in their state code or in cases that their court has decided.
And many states (and D.C.) have additional requirements for filing a medical malpractice case against a doctor or hospital.
Thankfully, kids usually get extra time after an injury, (and a few years ago we won the most significant child injury statute of limitations case in DC that established this for all kids - for a child with cerebral palsy whose injuries and disability were caused by medical malpractice that happened at birth).
But remember this – just because you may have the legal right to wait 2 years or 3 years or 10 years to file your case, doesn't mean it’s a good idea to wait! Key witnesses forget things, critical documents get lost and you're probably going through a lot of unnecessary stress, worry and anxiety during that time (or making mistakes you don’t even know about that will kill your case).