How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

Updated March 13, 2023.

Lawsuits must be filed within certain time periods known as “statutes of limitations.” This is the time established by law within which you must bring a claim. There are different time periods for different types of matters and even for different types of parties. For example, certain defendants, such as governmental entities, get the benefit of shortened time limitations. Also, there are exceptions to the time limitations that might extend your time. For instance, children get extra time under the law within which to bring their claim. If you fail to start a lawsuit within the time limits, your claim may be dismissed. Our attorneys can help you navigate these sometimes tricky issues.


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