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 Connecticut, an action for injury caused by negligence, reckless or wanton misconduct or medical malpractice must be brought within two years from the date when the injury is first sustained, discovered or reasonably should have been discovered, and except that no action may be brought more than three years form the date of the act or omission complained of. A wrongful death action must be brought within two years from the date of death, except no such action may be brought more than five years from the date of the act or omission complained of.

Product liability actions must be commenced within three years from the date when the injury is sustained, discovered or reasonably should have been discovered and the product must have been bought or entered the stream of commerce within the last ten years.

Connecticut's statutes of limitation do not provide any tolling exceptions for minors or individuals with disabilities such as mental incompetence.

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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