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, local public entities must receive notice of a claim within six months of the date of injury. The limitation period may be extended if the claimant is a minor or mentally incompetent. 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 Virginia, most actions for personal injury or wrongful death must be brought within two 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. For example, in a medical malpractice action where a foreign object is left in the body, the statute is extended to one year from the date of discovery.

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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