Can I still file for an injury case? 51 Answers as of June 23, 2013

I was accidentally hit by a motorcycle five years ago. I did not do anything at that time cause I was convinced by the driver that it was my fault. Looking back, I realized that he is responsible for my accident. Can I still sue him? Is there any time limit for personal injury case? I still have his name and contact details.

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Legal Center of Homestead Abramson & Magidson, P.A.
Legal Center of Homestead Abramson & Magidson, P.A. | John M. Abramson
Florida has a 4 yr statute of limitations for negligence claims. You are probably out of luck.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 3/28/2012
Harvath Law Offices | Michael T. Harvath
In Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 5 years. This means that you have 5 years from the date of the accident to file a suit. In some instances, however, the period may be tolled, or extended, and we have been successful in this regard in the past with other cases. There are a few reasons why the statute can be tolled. More detail would be necessary, such as the exact date of the accident, the reasons why you were not aware that the accident was the fault of the motorcycle driver, and more, in order to determine if there is still time to file a suit and collect compensation for your injuries. A careful review of the accident report by an attorney would allow a determination to be made as to your likelihood of recovering compensation. If your injuries have had any long-term effects, you could be entitled to a large recovery. However, I would not recommend delaying another day, due to the statute of limitations.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 3/6/2012
Klisz Law Office, PLLC
Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
Three years. You are too late unless you are a minor or under a legal disability.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/5/2012
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
You have 5 years to file a lawsuit. So you may have a few days left.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 3/5/2012
The Lucky Law Firm, PLC
The Lucky Law Firm, PLC | Robert Morrison Lucky
Unfortunately, in Louisiana you have one year from the date of the accident to either settle your claim or file suit against the at-fault parties. Since you have not filed suit after five years, it appears that you no longer have any legal rights of recovery.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 3/2/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    No- unfortunately in Idaho the statute of limitations for an injury is 2 years.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Lapin Law Offices
    Lapin Law Offices | Jeffrey Lapin
    The statute of limitations in Nebraska for a vehicle accident is 4 years from the date of the accident. There are a couple of exceptions such as if you were a minor or under a mental disability, both of which would extend the time. Technically you could still sue the driver as the statute of limitations is an "affirmative defense" that the other driver could "waive" if he wanted to. However, if he did assert it your case would be dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    What are your damages?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/23/2013
    Dungan, Lady, Kirkpatrick & Dungan PLLC | Michael Dungan
    You have likely missed the statute of limitations, which is three years from the date of the collision.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Goodman & Goodman PA | Bruce Elliott Goodman
    Statute of Limitations for filing a tort suit in Maryland is 3 years from the date of the accident.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    The limitations for a negligence case is three years, unless you were less that 18 years old at the time, then you can sue until your 21st birthday.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    David F. Stoddard
    David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
    Normally you have three years. If you were a minor at the time, it is one year after you turn 18.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    Nope. Statute of limitation is 3 years.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Aaronson Law Firm
    Aaronson Law Firm | Michael Aaronson
    In Texas there is a time limit which is two years. If you are under the age of 18 the time usually begins to run when you turn 18 so you have until you are 20.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    The DeRose Lawfirm | Peter J. DeRose
    There is a period of limitations. Contact an experienced attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Michael J. Sgarlat Attorney at Law | Michael Joseph Sgarlat
    The statute of Limitations in Virginia is two (2) years for regular negligence.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Jackson Law Company PLLC
    Jackson Law Company PLLC | Robert L. Jackson
    If this is an Idaho case the statute of limitations (time you have to sue after an event) is 2 years if you were an adult competent person at the time of the injury. There are special rules for minors and people under certain disabilities. You should consult with an attorney who deals with personal injury law cases for more information.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
    R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
    It can vary according to jurisdiction or circumstances, but here in Washington it is usually three years to sue or forget about it.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC | Patrick E. Donovan
    Personal injury claims must be brought within 3 years of the date you suffered the injury. Sounds like you are out of luck, unless you only recently turned 18, in which case you could bring a claim before your 21st birthday.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
    There is a two year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, so you can no longer sue.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A.
    Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A. | Christopher J. Roberts
    The usual time limit in Florida is 4 years from the date of the accident. There are exceptions but they are very difficult to invoke.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Neuhaus Law Office
    Neuhaus Law Office | Gregory M. Neuhaus
    Assuming that you were an adult at the time, you have four years to bring an action against the other driver. If you were a minor the time is extended to four years past your age of majority in most cases.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Richard E. Lewis, P.S.
    Richard E. Lewis, P.S. | Richard Eugene Lewis
    Washington has a three year limitation, unless you were under 18 at the time of the injury, or were otherwise incapacitated.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP
    Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP | Kevin Habberfield
    Typically, the statute of limitations is 3 years for negligence in NY. Unless you were under a disability (under age of 18, medically ill, etc.) you are probably outside the time limit.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Bruce Plesser | Bruce Plesser
    No. The Statute of Limitations is four (4) years.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    The statute of limitations in NY is 3 years.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Blackburn Law, PC
    Blackburn Law, PC | Stephen E. Blackburn
    Assuming the accident occurred in Idaho, the general statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the injury. If you were a minor when you were injured, the statute may be extended per Idaho Code.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    The Torkzadeh Law Firm
    The Torkzadeh Law Firm | Reza Torkzadeh
    Generally speaking, the statute of Limitations for bodily injury claims in California is 2 years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/5/2012
    Ford, Howard & Cornett, P.C. | Bradley Cornett
    In Alabama, the statute of limitations for a negligence claim is two years.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    Generally you have only 2 years to bring a suit for negligence.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Bernard Huff, Attorney/Mediator
    Bernard Huff, Attorney/Mediator | Bernard Huff
    You have probably waited too long to sue. The statute of limitation for litigating persdonal injury cases, bwhich is normaslly tweo years, has expired.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Koning & Jilek, P.C.
    Koning & Jilek, P.C. | Jonathan Neal Jilek
    There is a three year statute of limitations in negligence cases in Michigan. There is a one year statute of limitation on first party cases, however this is a "rolling" statute of limitations because the benefits (if they apply) are lifelong.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C.
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C. | Dean T Jennings
    2 year statute of limitations on your personal injury. You lose.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Magnuson Lowell P.S.
    Magnuson Lowell P.S. | Richard S. Lowell
    Unless you were under age 18 at the time of the accident, in Washington, the answer is probably 'no.' With some rare exceptions, you must file a lawsuit for injuries from a vehicle accident within 3 years of the accident. One exception is if the other driver was uninsured. If that was the case, you may be able to make a claim against your own insurance company if you had underinsured motorist coverage.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC | Russell D. Gray
    The statute of limitations has expired (in Utah, it's 4 years), unless you were a minor at the time of the accident.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Ezim Law Firm | Dean Esposito
    You have one year from the date of the accident to file suit. Hence, it is too late to do so.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Tenge Law Firm, LLC
    Tenge Law Firm, LLC | J. Todd Tenge
    In Colorado, the time limit is 2 or 3 years depending on details.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Parks Law Group
    Parks Law Group | Melinda J. Parks
    In most jurisdictions, the statute of limitations for negligence is 2 years. You should check with a local lawyer to be sure.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
    The statute of limitations for negligence in Florida is four years from the date of the accident.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Speaker Law Firm
    Speaker Law Firm | Theodore Speaker
    You only have two years to file a law suit. Call an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    Assuming you are an adult, the statute of limitations is 3 years so it sounds like it past.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/1/2012
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