If you are injured in an automobile accident, a premises liability accident, or suffer any type of personal injury, you have a certain amount of time in which to bring that claim to court. The time limitations are called statutes of limitations and once they expire, your claim is forever barred. There are specific time constraints depending on the type of case. The Kentucky Revised Statutes list the deadlines to file a claim in court for each type of civil action, including personal injury cases. If you are injured, it is always prudent to seek legal advice immediately to know your rights and the next steps to take. The attorney can also tell you how much time you have to file your case in court. Often a case will settle well before the statute of limitation runs and no lawsuit is necessary. But not all cases settle, and filing your case in the courts becomes necessary. If you file after the statute of limitation has expired you have forfeited your right to bring the claim and have it heard by a jury. Having your day in court is a precious right we have in our country. To have a valid claim and have it dismissed because of a missed deadline is tragic. When you hire an attorney, one of the first things they should do when opening your file is to mark that deadline in their calendar. It is one thing to lose a case on the merits. It is quite another to never have the chance to be heard.
CATEGORIES: Litigation