There are several laws in Missouri which require that a civil lawsuit must be filed within a certain amount of time after the act which is the basis for the lawsuit. These are called “statutes of limitations.”
These statutes of limitations can cause huge problems. If your lawsuit is not filed within the required period of time set forth by the statute of limitation, the lawsuit will likely be dismissed, regardless of how careless the defendant acted in causing your injuries.
In Missouri, an automobile accident lawsuit must be filed within 5 years of the incident. A lawsuit based upon the dangerous condition of property, such as a “slip and fall” incident, must be filed within 5 years of the incident. A medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within 2 years of the malpractice. A lawsuit based upon intentional conduct, like an assault, must be filed within 2 years of the incident. A wrongful death case must be filed within 3 years of the death. While there are some exceptions to these rules, these general rules govern most situations.
If you believe your case is nearing the end of the limitations period, it is very important that you talk to an attorney immediately. Contact Luke Wells Law, if you believe your case is nearing the end of the limitations period, and we can discuss the situation as soon as possible.