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Are there time limits to bringing a personal injury claim?

Yes.   The laws provide something called statutes of limitation.   The statutes limit the time period within which you may file a lawsuit in order to recover from another party in a personal injury matter.  Generally speaking, the statute of limitations is two years for a personal injury case.   That is two years from the date that the act that caused the injury occurred.   In certain cases, it may be two years from the date the injury was discovered.  There are also some variations to the time limit depending upon the type of case.   For example, in a dog bite case, the statute of limitations is actually three years.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your case may involve a claim against a municipality or the state. This is important to keep in mind because the law requires that the municipality or state be put on notice of the claim.   The time period within which you must file the notice depends upon who you are making the claim against.  It generally ranges from ninety (90) days to six (6) months.   

Therefore, the best thing to do is seek legal assistance immediately.   This will provide your attorney with more time to investigate your case and provide any necessary notice to the defendant.  Further, it will help you to ensure that you are not barred from making a claim due to any time limitations.

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