If your loved one wants to file a personal injury lawsuit, it is a good idea to begin gathering evidence now. This is because your loved one will have a limited amount of time to file a claim. Once this time period passes, your loved one can’t bring a case against the perpetrator. This is true even if there is clear and concrete evidence that he or she was abused by a party. This time period is the statute of limitations. Understanding this statute will help you prepare a case in the time given.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
In each state, there is a limit on the amount of time that you have to bring a lawsuit against another person. This time period is the statute of limitations. One this time passes, lawsuits can no longer get filed against an at fault party. A statute of limitations exists for criminal and civil charges. But, this limitation for a criminal charge might differ from the one set for civil charges. Also, each state follows its own statute of limitation laws. While some states have the same statute of limitations, not all do. For this reason, it is important to know the limitation for your state.
Here you can review the information about the statute of limitations in Connecticut. This will make sure that you do not miss any important deadlines. Contacting a lawyer can also make sure that you do not run into the statute of limitations.
Connecticut Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for Connecticut differs based on the type of abuse committed. A few common types of abuse that your loved one might face include:
- Breach of contract. Six year statute of limitations from the date that the contract was signed (Gen. Stat. § 52-576 (2012)).
- Fraud. Connecticut’s statute of limitations lasts for three years (Gen. Stat. § 52–577 (2012)).
- Negligence. The statute of limitations is two years from the date that the injury occurred. Or it can be an additional year from the date when the injury got discovered. A lawsuit can’t be filed a negligence case after three years have passed (Conn. Stat. § 52-584 (2012)).
- Product liability. Three years from the date of injury due to a defective product (Conn. Stat. § 52-577a (2012)).
- Wrongful death. Two years from the date of death, and up to five years from the date of injury (Conn. Stat. § 52-555 (2012)).
It is important that you begin gathering evidence of injury as soon as an accident occurs. While your loved one might consider filing a personal injury lawsuit, they should not take too long to do so. The statute might run out by the time your loved one decides to file a lawsuit. Or, there might not be enough time to gather evidence and file a claim. Discussing the situation with a lawyer allows your loved one to prepare for a lawsuit. It is better to have this option than to lose it due to this statute.