Claims for personal injury, breach of contract, and other types are typically governed by what is known as the “statute of limitations.” Different claims are governed by different statutes. For example, personally injury claims must generally be brought within two years from the date of injury. While breach of contract claims must generally be brought within four years from the date that the breach occurred. You should visit with an attorney to get a precise calculation as to when the statute of limitations for your claim expires, the deadline for some claims expires after a very short period.
There are exceptions to the standard deadlines. For example, if the person injured is a minor (under 18 years of age) then this may extend, or “toll”, the limitations period. Similarly, if a breach of contract could not be reasonably discovered until some future event occurred, this may also toll the limitations period.
Once must use extreme caution, however, in applying, or relying on, these exceptions. And any exception must normally be established by evidence. If no exception applies, then the standard statute of limitation applies. And even one day past the limitations period is too late.
Don’t wait until the last minute! Your attorney will need time to visit with you, gather information, and prepare and file a lawsuit. If you believe you have a claim, consult with an attorney sooner rather than later. We would be happy to schedule a free initial consultation with you.