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How long do I have to file suit, or otherwise settle my case?


A: The time limit in which a person has to file a lawsuit is called a "statute of limitation." A statute of limitation in a particular case varies greatly depending on the location in which the injury occurred, that is because each state has its own statute of limitation; the age of the person injured, that is because minors sometimes have the statute of limitations tolled; the condition of the injured person, that is because sometimes during periods of incompetency, the statute of limitation is tolled; and other factors. Accordingly, one should never make an assumption about the time limits that govern their case without first speaking with an attorney and obtaining that attorney's legal opinion. Time limits may vary for medical malpractice claims, claims against government and state entities, and claims in which defective products are involved because of things called the "statute of repose."