Whether you are injured in a car accident or are a victim of a crime, there is a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit.
In essence, a statute of limitations is a set time limit to bring an action against another party. Every state sets its own time limits for different types of cases, and Colorado is no exception.
One example is the Colorado statute of limitations for car accidents.
By law, plaintiffs have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This means that if your crash was on August 1, 2022, you have until August 1, 2025, to bring an action.
However, if you were injured in a slip and fall, the time limit is only two years from the date of injury.
For every statute of limitations example, there are consequences for not filing on time.
Generally, if you try bringing a lawsuit after the statute of limitations expires, the court will refuse to hear your case.
Even worse, if you try to bring an insurance company to court over a claim after time runs out, they have no incentive to offer you any money for your claim.
However, keep in mind that there are a few exceptions that may stop the clock temporarily, giving you more time. For example, if you’re injured in a car accident and are under the age of 18, you have until three years after your 18th birthday to file a lawsuit.
This is just one of the ways you can get the clock to stop, but in most cases, an exception won’t apply.
If you have more questions about the statute of limitations for your personal injury claim, call Tenge Law Firm today at 303-665-2929 for a free consultation.
Our professional attorneys are here to advocate for you.