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. Failure to file suit within this time frame prevents you from filing suit at all. In some instances, there are various exceptions to the statutes of limitation that may extend or limit the limitation periods. There may be special claims presentation requirements for claims against state and local government. For example, in Colorado, governmental agencies must receive notice within 180 days of the time the claim arises. For these reasons, it is important to consult an attorney as early as possible to be sure you don't miss a crucial deadline.

In Colorado, most automobile negligence must be brought within three years from the date of incident. The limitation period is two years for most other negligence claims, medical malpractice, product liability as well as wrongful death. In many cases, the cause of action accrues on the date of the incident, but there may be exceptions when the injury could not have reasonably been discovered until a later date. For intentional acts such as libel, slander, assault and battery, the statute of limitations is one year.

If any person entitled to bring any action is under the age of eighteen years, mentally incompetent, imprisoned, or absent from the United States at the time the cause of action accrues and is without spouse or natural or legal guardian, such person may bring said action within the time limit specified after the disability is removed. If such person has a legal representative, such person's representative shall bring the action within the period of limitation imposed.

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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