The statute of limitations is a deadline in which a person who is injured must file the lawsuit or the claim will be forever barred. For example, in Ohio the statute of limitations in which to file a claim for personal injuries is two years from the date of the incident. In medical negligence and professional malpractice claims like legal malpractice, the statute of limitations is one year from the date of the negligence or the discovery of the resultant injuries, whichever is later.
There are certain, but limited, circumstances that might extend the statute of limitations. For example, if the injury is to a minor child, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the time when the child reaches the age of majority, his or her 18th birthday. In addition, victims of childhood sexual abuse can file their claim up until age 30.
If you’re injured as a result of the negligence of another person or if you still have sustained economic damages because of another’s actions, you should consult with a lawyer immediately. Lawyers need time to order medical records, obtain documents, obtain statements from witnesses and perform due diligence before a lawsuit is filed.
If you have questions as relates to the time period in which your claim should be filed, call now for a free consultation with an attorney.