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How Long Do I Have to File My Injury Lawsuit?

Every state has different laws for how long you have from the date of an injury until the time when you are no longer allowed to file a lawsuit against the insurance company that is denying you a ... 

Every state has different laws for how long you have from the date of an injury until the time when you are no longer allowed to file a lawsuit against the insurance company that is denying you a claim or is giving less than you deserve. The time period in which you are permitted to file a lawsuit for a personal injury matter is called the statute of limitations.

In Connecticut, the statute of limitations is two years after a damage-causing incident, although certain government institutions may require notification of legal action much sooner. It is critical to heed this deadline because you will lose your right to have your case heard if you do not get your lawsuit started before the two-year deadline ends.

In general, the filing time limits are as follows:

  • General claims: You must file an injury claim within two years.
  • Claims against a city or county: You must inform these entities of your plans to file a claim within six months of the initial incident.
  • Claims against the state: The State Claims Commissioner must receive notification of your plans to sue the state within one year of an injury.

During this two-year period, you will want to be actively building a case that supports your claim. Some of the actions that you should be taking during this time include:

  • Filing motions
  • Researching
  • Putting the effected parties on notice
  • Documenting all relevant information

If you attempt to file a lawsuit outside of the two-year period, your case will not be successful. You should also keep in mind that if you have a lawsuit against the city or council, such as a premises liability claim, the time limit is restricted to six months. For example, if you are not given adequate compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages after suffering from a slip and fall accident on a public sidewalk, you will want to take immediate action.

If you are planning to file a personal injury claim, contact an attorney from McCoy & McCoy as soon as possible. In addition to more than 50 years of combined experience, our legal team offers the services of a civil litigation specialist who has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by The National Board of Legal Specialty.

Call our office to speak with a Hartford personal injury attorney from our firm and schedule your free case evaluation!

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