What are Statutes of Limitations and how do they work in Connecticut?

Adelman, Connors and Krevolin

Getting injured can completely upend your life. Whether you’re hurt in a car accident, dog bite, or slip and fall, you are left to deal with both your injuries and confusing legal issues. When injured, an important consideration in assessing your legal options is the deadline in which you can bring a claim—that is called the statute of limitations.  Adhering to this deadline is crucial in securing the compensation you deserve for your injuries. 

Statutes of limitations are set by the Connecticut State Legislature and determine the date by which you must file a lawsuit. If you do not file a lawsuit within the date range allowed by the applicable statute of limitations, you will be forever barred from bringing your claim. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact a Connecticut personal injury lawyer to prosecute your case within the applicable statute of limitations. 

There are specific statutes of limitations that apply depending on the type of legal action. In some circumstances, there can be extensions filed to lengthen the statute of limitations, but in others, there may be additional required notice provisions that provide for a shorter time limit which can prevent you from filing a claim due to noncompliance even if you file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations. Due to the complicated nature of statutes of limitations, it is essential that you contact a Connecticut personal injury attorney to advise you in this very complex area of law. 

There are different statutes of limitations and notice requirements that apply to cases involving car accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, dog bites, trucking, boating, wrongful death, and uninsured/underinsured motorist claims. There are additional notice requirements that may apply which are dependent on the status of the at-fault party. For example, after investigating, a Connecticut personal injury lawyer could determine that additional notice requirements are applicable based upon the status of the at-fault party. To properly advise their client, the attorney will need to determine whether the at-fault party or parties are a private person or entity, a state or local municipality, the federal government, or other possibilities.

Connecticut statutes of limitations and notice requirements alike must be followed and can be very complicated. It is advisable to call a Connecticut personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine which statute of limitations and/or notice provisions apply to you or your loved one’s claim. The ACK Injury Law team is experienced in prosecuting all personal injury cases and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, ensuring you adhere to all applicable statutes of limitations and notice requirements. Please call us to discuss your case at (860) 754-3222. 

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