Is there a time limit for Connecticut personal injury lawsuits?

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Personal Injury

Those negatively impacted by the bad choices of others often try to be gracious, at least initially. They may try to work cooperatively with the person or business who caused their injuries. They may also try to cover their losses using insurance.

Unfortunately, both people who cause injury through misconduct or negligence and businesses that injure people are often keen to avoid financial responsibility. That may manifest in a variety of ways. People may deny that they caused the injuries or may refuse to offer a reasonable amount of compensation to the affected parties. In some cases, they may not even have the type of insurance that could help cover someone’s expenses.

Those affected by the negligent or intentionally harmful behavior of other people and companies may eventually need to file a lawsuit. Doing so sooner rather than later is a smart move. Connecticut limits how long people have to file personal injury lawsuits.

Connecticut has a strict statute of limitations

The law allows people to file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits in a variety of different scenarios. A patient harmed by a doctor’s negligence or someone hit by a drunk driver can typically file a lawsuit for up to two years after the date of the injury or someone’s death.

Typically, plaintiffs secure the best outcomes by filing a lawsuit well before the statute of limitations expires in their cases. That way, if there are any complications, they don’t have to worry about losing their right to take legal action.

There are a handful of situations in which a three-year statute of limitations applies instead of the basic two-year statute. Those scenarios include situations where people get hurt due to malicious intentional misconduct. People hurt by dangerous products also have up to three years to file a lawsuit.

It is easy to lose track of time and to unintentionally lose the right to seek compensation in a personal injury case. The sooner someone begins communicating with an attorney about a potential personal injury lawsuit, the less likely they are to end up unable to take action because of the statute of limitations.