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Connecticut Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury

After you have been in an accident or otherwise injured by another person's negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, you will probably be thinking about filing a personal injury claim against them to seek some sort of compensation. But what if you aren't sure who is at fault and want to wait until a complete investigation is finished? Or what if you aren't even sure if your aches and pains are related to what they did? Is there some sort of rush when creating a lawsuit for a personal injuries in Connecticut?

The short answer is: yes. For the most part, personal injuries experienced in Connecticut or filed by a Connecticut resident have a two year statute of limitation. This means that you have just two years to bring a claim to court after someone has hurt you or damaged your property. Anything beyond that point is likely to be thrown out and you will be out of luck if you need compensation.

What About Date of Discovery Claims?

The two year statute of limitations does have some flexible points, however. For injuries that were unknown at the time of the incident or accident, the statute usually begins at the "date of discovery."

For example: someone could rear-end you, resulting in minor damage, and barely-noticeable aches. Three year later, you start to experience major back pains and your chiropractor says it is likely due to your car accident. In this case, you could still possibly file a suit because you were totally unaware of the harm done until that moment. It should be noted that the statute would likely begin on the day you started experiencing the pain, not necessarily when a medical professional cited it.

Ultimately, the wise choice for filing a claim – and discovering when you need to do so – is to talk to a Hartford personal injury attorney from David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC as soon as you are in an accident. With proper representation and a solid case constructed in your favor, you could win a settlement that helps you pay for medical bills, any repairs, and lost wages. Contact us today to learn more about our legal services.