Maryland Personal Injury Law Firm: Maryland’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury LawsuitsOctober 16, 2014
If you’re considering filing a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland, it’s important to understand which state laws might apply to your case. Perhaps most importantly, you must ensure that your case falls within the state’s statute of limitations in order for your claim to be valid.
In most cases, as an individual making a claim for personal injury compensation, your case is limited by your state’s statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time in which you have to file a legal case against the person or entity that you believe is liable. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for personal injury and other civil claims is generally three years from the date of the injury.
There are a few exceptions to the three-year rule, however, when it comes to personal injury claims:
- The most common exception occurs under the “discovery rule.” Under this exception, the proverbial clock does not begin ticking until the date that the victim knew, or plausibly should have known, of the harm caused. This exception frequently applies in cases involving conditions or illnesses that take years to manifest, such as with different types of cancer — most notably mesothelioma. These conditions may take years or decades to present any symptoms, and so the law makes exceptions for these circumstances.
- Another exception is for people who suffered personal injuries as minors. They have three years from the date they turn 18 in which to file claims for compensation.
In Baltimore and throughout Maryland, it’s smart to consult an attorney and explore options for filing a claim as soon as possible after suffering or discovering an injury. The strongest personal injury lawsuits are those with the clearest evidence, and the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to preserve evidence that supports your claim. Contact the Maryland personal injury law firm of LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to discuss your legal rights and options. Let us know how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.