When you suffer harm from the actions of others, you usually only have so much time to take action against the wrongdoer. Every state has different rules, but if you fail to file suit in time you may be unable to do so at all. There are some major and important exceptions, however, so read on to learn more about why it might not be too late to be compensated for for your injuries.
You were too young: The statute of limitations does not apply to those under the age of consent, so if the harm was done to someone under the age of 18, that can mean the victim as more time to file. For example, if you were injured by an unsafe picnic pavilion at the local park when you were 14 years old and suffered from a head injury, you can wait until you are 18 plus the number of years your state's statutes specify to file a case. It should be noted, however, that parents have the right to file suits on your behalf until you reach the age of 18.
You moved away: The statute of limitations can be frozen if you move from the state where the injury occurred, and the time can once again begin ticking away if you move back into the state. You can, of course, file suit regardless of where you live, as long as you do it in the correct place and venue.
You are mentally ill or otherwise incapacitated: As long as you are unable to take action yourself, the statute of limitations "tolls" or is suspended until you are once again able to make decisions and a doctor declares you fit. If you are mentally ill, there is no such thing as a statute of limitations, and a lawsuit may be filed on your behalf no matter how long ago the injury occurred.
You didn't know about the harm: In this exception, you had no way of knowing that you were being harmed by something and did not file in time. For example, if you were exposed to a toxic substance that took some time to show its effects on you, the statute of limitations does not begin to tick until you know, or should have known, that harm was done and what the harm was. Normally, the statute of limitations begins to accrue once you have a doctor's diagnosis, but if the other side can show that you must have known about it a lot sooner, your case could be thrown out.
No matter how long it's been since your injury, speak to a personal injury attorney, such as one at Cascade Law Corporation, and make sure that you are not missing out on your chances to be compensated.