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Understanding Connecticut’s statute of limitations

Enduring a car accident or a medical mistake can be a painful and expensive experience. Fortunately, Connecticut permits the injured to hold negligent parties accountable for the damages they incur. At Beebe and O’Neil, we help clients understand when and how to file such claims.

One of the most important items to understand when pursuing a lawsuit is that there is a set timeframe within which the injured must file the claim. Under Connecticut law, the statute of limitations for someone who has suffered a personal injury is two years. In other words, the injured person has two years from the date the injury occurred or the date that the injury was discovered to file the lawsuit. This applies to suits involving matters such as products liability, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and premises liability.

It is important to point out that there is a maximum limit of three years from the date the injury occurred. Failing to file a lawsuit within that timeframe will nearly always result in a dismissed lawsuit.

In order to build a compelling case after filing the suit, it is important for plaintiffs to gather as much information as possible, such as the following: 

  • Creating a timeline of events
  • Documenting all expenses associated with the injury
  • Contacting any witnesses or experts who can support a claim

Our attorneys at Beebe and O’Neil know how to work within Connecticut’s guidelines for filing a personal injury lawsuit. For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding victims of negligence.

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