How Long Do I Have To Hire An Attorney?

The law requires that you file a lawsuit within a specified period of time depending on the nature of the claim and the entity that caused your injury. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. Generally, for negligent acts to persons (such as automobile accidents and premises liability), the statute of limitations in Arkansas is three years. For intentional acts (such as assault and battery or false imprisonment) the limitation period is one year. Wrongful death claims must be filed within three years from the time of death unless the death was caused by medical malpractice in which case the two­year limitation period for medical malpractice claims is controlling.

The period of limitations usually runs from the time the injury occurred. Special rules, however, apply in some situations. If the claimant is under the age of twenty one or insane, the two­year limitation period is tolled until three years after attaining full age or removal of the disability.

For lawsuits brought against public entities, there are statutes which often require lawsuits be brought within a very short period of time, and only after written notice of the injury has been given to the government.

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.

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