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 these reasons, it is important to consult an attorney as early as possible to be sure you don't miss a crucial deadline.

In Vermont, most actions for personal injury must be brought within three years from the date when the cause of action accrues. 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. An action for wrongful death must be commenced within two years from the date of death. Medical malpractice claims must be brought within three years from the date of occurrence or within two years from the date the claimant knew or should have known of the injury, whichever is later, but not later than seven years from the date of the occurrence. When the malpractice case involves a foreign object left in the body, the limitation period is two years from the date of discovery of the object. If a claimant is a minor, insane or imprisoned at the time the cause of action accrues, the limitation periods are tolled until the disability is removed.

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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