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What Can I Do After The Statute Of Limitations Has Run Out?

Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak

on January 3, 2012



It could be that you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to sue for your injury resulting from an accident for a long time, and you’re quickly approaching the statute of limitations for an Indiana personal injury claim (two years from the time of your accident).

What happens when that runs out?

Can you still pursue legal action against the responsible parties and get the reparations you need for your injuries?

The short, yet difficult answer is that generally speaking, you can’t.

The personal injury statute of limitations in Indiana was set up to streamline the legal process, so that spurious suits aren’t brought to the courts several years after the incident occurred, and after much of the significant evidence has been lost.

However, sometimes completely reasonable suits are effectively prevented by this law as well. In general, there’s no way around the statute of limitations. You have to officially file the suit in the courts within two years of your accident, or unfortunately, there’s very little that even the best personal injury lawyer can do for you.

The bottom line is that if you think you have a case, talk to a trusted personal injury lawyer in South Bend before the statute of limitations runs out. Be aware that a personal injury suit is a complex process, and that the decision to pursue a case is best discussed with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak

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