What is the statute of limitations on a personal injury claim in Nevada?
A statute of limitations is a strict time limit a state puts on your right to file a law suit. Many states like California, Georgia, Illinois, and New Jersey have a two-year filing deadline for personal injury cases. While others including Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York have a three-year limits. In Nevada specifically, we have a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury. If you miss the deadline in your state, you will almost certainly loose your right to take your personal injury law suit to court, and you will no longer have a legal remedy for any harm the defendant caused you.
Rare circumstances can toll the statute of limitations, stopping the clock and preserving your available time. These include:
- Discovery of a latent injury. When an injury is not immediately apparent, the statutory period might not begin until you discover you’ve been hurt.
- Injury to a child. Some states don’t start the statute period until a minor turns 18.
- A defendants unavailability. If a defendant is out of state, incarcerated, lost mental capacity, or has filed for bankruptcy, the statutory period may be put on hold until those circumstances are resolved.
An experienced attorney like Matt Dion can further explain Nevada’s statute of limitations based on the claim and how it applies to your personal injury case.