If you’re injured in an accident in Alabama, there are time limits to be aware of that affect your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit.
These laws and rules are called the Statute of Limitations.
If you have any questions regarding statute of limitations laws relevant to your personal injury case, contact an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer from Bodewell Law for more information.
An experienced personal injury lawyer from Bodewell law can walk you through the litigation process and help you understand the legal requirements for filing personal injury cases.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits in Alabama?
The Alabama law regarding statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to another party’s negligence, you must file a personal injury claim within a two year period after the accident occurred.
Failure to begin legal action before the filing deadline may decrease the likelihood of gaining adequate compensation for injuries and damages.
Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to discuss your legal options. Our law firm can provide an in-depth explanation of statute of limitations laws regarding your particular case.
Exceptions to the Two Year Filing Deadline in Alabama
Extenuating circumstances do exist where Alabama’s personal injury statute can be extended, but it’s best to contact a law firm and pursue legal action as soon as possible before the filing deadline.
Examples of exceptions to statute of limitations requirements include:
- If a person experienced sexual abuse as a minor, there is a two year filing deadline AFTER the victim’s nineteenth (19th) birthday for civil lawsuit claims.
- If a person was mentally incapacitated, seriously injured, or generally unfit to file a claim due to the underlying accident.
The statute of limitations for sexual abuse suffered as an adult is the same as a personal injury lawsuit: two years.
Special Restrictions on the Statute of Limitations in Alabama
There are certain restrictions to consider when filing personal injury cases against certain entities in Alabama.
Personal injury claims involving governmental entities in Alabama are subject to the following laws:
- If filing a claim against a city or town in Alabama, the injured party must submit written notice of their injury claims within six (6) months of the date of the accident.
- If filing a claim involving a county in Alabama, the injured person must submit written notice of their injury claims within one (1) year of the injury date.
There could be instances in which a person is unaware of the involvement of a city, county, or state employee in an injury case, as well as the certain statute of limitations regulations that affect those injury claims.
If a person is injured in a car accident, and the at-fault party is a government employee, they could file a claim against the relevant governmental agency (state/town/county).
Why do Statute of Limitations Exist?
Statute of limitations exist to protect defendants from unreasonable legal action years after an accident or injury occurred.
These laws also exist because evidence can be hard to sustain and keep safe for long periods.
Statute of limitations influence potential plaintiffs to file a formal claim in a timely manner, pre
Bodwell Law: Accepting Clients for Alabama Personal Injury Cases
If you’re injured in a car accident, trucking accident, slip-and-fall, or any other type of personal injury case, don’t hesitate reaching out to Bodewell Law for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Our lawyers are also experienced in handling complex personal injury claims, such as wrongful death and medical malpractice claims. We promise to fight hard, seek compensation for your injuries, and hold the at-fault party accountable.
Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more about the Alabama statute of limitations for personal injury cases, as well as how our legal services can help recover compensation for your injuries.