How long do I have to sue someone after a dog bite? 41 Answers as of July 12, 2013What is the time frame in which I can sue someone from injuries from a dog bite? I have had attorneys look into it and the dog owner has no assets, however I am looking to recover some of medical bills through small claims.
Law Office of Sam Levine, LLC | Sam L. Levine
In Georgia, you have two (2) years and in some cases a little longer depending upon whether there was a court hearing. However, you always want to assert your claim as soon as possible so that you do not run into a statute of limitations problem. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C. | Josh Lamborn
Generally the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is 2 years from the date of incident. That is not to say that you should wait 2 years to contact an attorney though. I often have people approach me within a couple months of the SOL and they want me to take their case. Most attorneys will avoid taking cases so close to the SOL because of the potential to commit legal malpractice and because there is insufficient time to properly investigate the claim. If you are only going to proceed through small claims on your own, the same SOL applies and if I were you I would just file as soon as possible.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
In Missouri you have 5 years. However, I would encourage you to speak to an attorney very quickly. They can begin an investigation into the dog, get animal control records, try to find witnesses and the like. These things get harder to do as time passes. They can also make sure that you are getting appropriate treatment. If you handle your medical treatment the wrong way you can screw up the case.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
Generally, the statute of limitations is 3 years on any negligence action from the time of the incident to the time you or your attorney files for an Index number on the matter in the County Clerks office of your county. To file you will need a Summons and Complaint prepared and your attorney will be leaving a copy in the Clerk's office. I suggest you speak to a negligence lawyer right away so they have the time to prepare the necessary papers to get it done in time. Plus, you should know that not every dog bite is actionable, so you'll need to talk to a knowledgeable negligence lawyer to see if you have a good case or not. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: New York
Wilson & Hajek,LLC, a personal injury law firm | Francis Hajek
Dog bite cases fall into the category of personal injury or tort cases. The time frame to bring a law case or technically, the statute of limitations, varies from state to state. In order to let you know how long you have to file your case, I need to know where the dog bite happened.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
E. Ray Critchett, LLC | Ray Critchett
Generally, in Ohio you have two year from the date of the incident; however, this time limit may vary depending on the nature of the incident and the parties involved (e.g. minors). You may also want to consider applying for victims of crime assistance.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Bernard Huff, Attorney/Mediator | Bernard Huff
Individual states have statutes of limitation with various time limits for the bringing bof certain action, including personal injuries. In Indiana, the statute of limitation for personal injury claims is two years.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. | Bradley Kramer
That would be Three years.
Answer Applies to: California
Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A. | Christopher J. Roberts
It all depends on your jurisdiction. One of the lawyers you talked to already should be happy to tell you how long your state gives you to bring suit. Most states are somewhere between 1 and 4 years, so there's a huge difference depending on your locale.
Answer Applies to: Florida