Being injured in an accident is a traumatic life event. In just a few seconds, another person’s choice can turn your life upset and dramatically change your future. When another person or party causes you to be injured, you may have a civil claim against that party for damages. Indiana’s personal injury laws provide a legal way for you to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault party to receive compensation for your injuries.
However, many people are not aware that they have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Indiana’s Statute of Limitations sets time limits for injury victims to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a lawsuit is not filed before the expiration of the deadline, the law bars the injury victim from pursuing any action against the at-fault party for compensation.
If you or a family member has been injured, contact our law firm immediately to discuss your legal right to receive compensation for your injury.
Examples of Time Limits to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit Under Indiana’s Statute of Limitations
To protect your right to file a personal injury lawsuit to collect damages from the person who caused your injury, do not wait until the end of the statute of limitations period before contacting a Bloomington personal injury lawyer. Investigating a personal injury accident takes time. You want to give your attorney as much time as possible to investigate and prepare your case before filing the lawsuit.
You do not want to rush an investigation because you could miss a vital piece of evidence needed to prove fault and to correctly value damages. The longer your attorney has to work on your personal injury lawsuit, the better. Furthermore, there are always exceptions to the general rule for the time limit to file a personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, contacting an injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident or after discovering the injury is in your best interest.
Examples of statues of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Indiana include:
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of death.
Product Liability Lawsuits
You have two years from the date of the injury to file a product liability lawsuit to hold the designer, manufacturer, distributor, seller, and any other parties responsible for your injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuits
In most cases, the patient has two years from the date of the malpractice to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Other Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits
Other types of accidents that result in injury typically have a two-year statement of limitations for filing a lawsuit. This includes, but is not limited to, slip and fall cases; dog bites; pedestrian accidents, and dangerous drugs.
As you can see, personal injury lawsuits in Indiana almost always must be filed within two years from the date of injury. However, there are always exceptions to the general rule.
Exceptions to the Statute Of Limitations
If a child is the victim, you may have additional time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Likewise, someone who is incompetent may also have addition time to file a personal injury lawsuit. In addition, if you were not aware of the injury, as in the case of medical malpractice where symptoms do not appear until much later, you may have additional time to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
On the other hand, if a government entity is involved in your accident, you may be required to file notice with the government entity within a short period of time to protect your right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Because there are exceptions to the general rules regarding time limits to file a personal injury lawsuit in Indiana, you should contact our office as soon as possible to speak with an experienced injury lawyer.