A statute of limitations is basically a limit on the time in which a lawsuit can be filed. For example, if you were a victim of a personal injury case 15 years ago, you would no longer be able to file a lawsuit pertaining to that injury because it was so long ago and the state of Maryland only permits these types of cases to be filed within 3 years from the date of injury. Fortunately, Maryland has relatively longer statutes of limitations compared with Virginia and D.C. Even so, there is no reason to wait any longer than necessary to file suit granted you have a viable case.
Below are a list of the most popular types of cases that are handled by the Barrera Law Firm in Maryland and the statutes of limitations pertaining to them:
Wrongful Death – a wrongful death claim must be filed within three years of the date of death. If the wrongful death was caused by any toxic substance in the deceased’s workplace, during in the course of employment, the suit may be filed up to ten years from the date of death, or within 3 years of the date when the cause of death was discovered, whichever is shorter.
Personal Injury – a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of injury.
Medical Malpractice – lawsuits against health-care providers must be filed within five years of the date that the act giving rise to the claimed injury. If a minor is victim to medical malpractice and is under the age of 11, he has until his 16th birthday to file suit.
Product Liability – lawsuits must be filed within three years after the victim suffers the injury.
Minors under the age of 18 are a special case and sometimes the statute of limitations apply in unique ways that can only be circumvented or taken advantage of by a skillful legal representative.
It would be a shame and perhaps a grave error to miss out on filing a case before its statute of limitations ends. If you are unsure whether your case has potential to be tried due to the statute of limitations, do not hesitate to contact the Barrera Law Firm today – we can get your case filed and tried in a timely manner so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.
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