If you need to file a lawsuit, you should know that there is a time limit during which you may file. A statute of limitations, wherever you are, and on any type of case, can serve as an absolute bar if you let that statute run.
Alabama has a 2-year statute of limitations, which means you must initiate your case with the proper court within two years from the date of the act, insult or injury.
The statute of limitations is different for minor children. You have until two years after their 19th birthday to file a claim. In malpractice cases for minors, it may be four years in certain cases. When you are over a certain age, there is a different statute that applies.
Talk to an attorney to make sure you’re in the applicable statute because it falls like a guillotine, and there is no going back to file your claim.
Be careful who you hire because there are firms who will help you settle a case, but may not try a case in court, if necessary. Make sure you hire a firm that will go to court for you if that is what needs to be done.
You want to leave your attorney enough time to properly and fairly evaluate your claim. Be careful when entering into a contract with an attorney who declares up front that they are not going to fight for you.
Remember, the statute of limitations clock begins counting down on the date of the accident. From that date, you have two years to file a claim. Make sure you’re working with an attorney who is going to fight for you all the way to court, if necessary.
If you have questions about a case, contact an attorney. They will be able to help you work through these tough issues, and to answer your questions.