Yes. Every state has a certain time limit, called a “statute of limitations,” that governs the period during which you must file a personal injury lawsuit with the court. In some states, for example, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit for injuries from an automobile accident. If you miss the deadline for filing the case, you will be barred from ever bringing the lawsuit in court. Statutes of limitation differ not only from state to state, but also in regard to the kinds of lawsuits involved. In some states the statutes of limitations for medical malpractice, suits against governmental agencies, and wrongful death actions is shorter than that of other types of personal injury cases. In general, however, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from one to three years, and the time begins from the time of the accident. There are some exceptions and an experienced lawyer can help you with them.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.