What do angry dogs, defective products, and distracted drivers have in common? They all can cause a personal injury. If you suffer such an injury, you need to know the deadline for filing a lawsuit, also called the statute of limitations.
In Lexington, KY, the accident lawyers at Thompson Law Office ensure their clients do not miss these important deadlines and answer questions frequently asked about the statutes of limitations for personal injury cases. Here are important things to know about Kentucky’s personal injury statutes of limitations:
Time for Filing
Kentucky’s statute of limitations in a personal injury case for filing a lawsuit depends on the type of injury. A car accident is two years while dog bites, premises liability and many other types of injuries have a brief one year statute of limitations.
Tolling the Statute
The time limit can be “tolled,” or put on hold, for several reasons. When the injured person is a minor, is on active military duty, has a mental incapacity, or is in prison, the law delays their filing times. Fraud or deception by people involved in committing injury-causing acts may also toll the statute. Lawyers calculate the dates when tolling starts and ends based on the facts of each case.
Missing the Deadline
The major consequence of failing to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit within the statute of limitations is losing the right to pursue the claim at all. If that date passes and no settlement has been made and no suit is filed, then you are barred for life from recovering for your injury. As soon as possible after a personal injury occurs, injured individuals or their family members should consult Thompson Law Office, your personal injury attorneys.
Don’t miss a filing deadline in your personal injury case. Contact Thompson Law Office in Lexington, KY, today. Visit the firm’s website to learn more about the lawyers, and call (859) 280-2222 to schedule your consultation appointment.