When you are injured in an accident or some other incident, you have the right to sue those who are responsible for your injury. However, your right to sue does not last forever. The statute of limitations is the time period within which you must file your lawsuit. The length of that time period depends on what type of lawsuit you are bringing.
Why are there statutes of limitations? A statute of limitations sets an expectation for when a defendant can be sued. That way, the defendant is not waiting around forever for a lawsuit to be filed. In addition, a statute of limitations ensures that the court hears the lawsuit before evidence is lost or memories fade. For the same reasons, there are also statutes of limitations on many criminal charges.
The statute of limitations begins to run on the day that the claim arises. Sometimes that is easy to determine, like the day of the car accident. However, the limitations period can be delayed if the injury is not discovered until later. This usually happens in a medical malpractice case.
Statutes of limitations vary from state to state. If you have been injured in an accident, do not delay in contacting an Indiana personal injury attorney. Every day counts.