When it comes to an injury that you or your loved one suffered from something like a car accident or medical malpractice, you may be wondering if it’s too late to file a lawsuit. Timing can be difficult, especially if signs of your injury don’t emerge until days, or even years, after the event. But here are some helpful guidelines for when you can file a lawsuit.
Talk to a Lawyer
Regardless of when the injury occurred, you should seek out legal counsel as soon as possible. A legal professional will be able to explain the statute of limitations for your injury and whether there is an exception. Sometimes there are special cases that affect this timing. For example, some product liability cases will emerge decades after the time of the injury or illness developed from using the product because the company at fault might have withheld information. When it comes to the statute of limitations, the best thing you can do is talk to a lawyer to find out what are your rights.
Statute of Limitations
If you are not familiar with the term statute of limitations, it simply refers to the time limit placed on how long after an incident you can file a claim. The statute of limitations is the reason why it is crucial to contact a lawyer as soon as possible, even if you aren’t sure if you can file a lawsuit anyway. Though it varies from state to state, the statute of limitations in Maryland for medical malpractice claims is the shorter of five years from the time of the injury or within three years after the date you discovered it, but never longer than five years from the date of injury, according to Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5-109. For a personal injury claim, that statute of limitations is usually within three years after the injury occurred, according to Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5-101. There are many exceptions, such as for minors, which is why you shouldn’t hesitate to bring a lawyer any questions or details about your case.
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