Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Cincinnati, OH

Ohio attorneys help you file a personal injury claim in a timely manner

You need an injury attorney who understands that your case is just as important as any other case, regardless of its size. At Clements, Taylor & Cohen, L.P.A., Co., our attorneys’ primary responsibility is to serve your best interests and preserve your legal rights. This includes your right to file a lawsuit to recover damages for personal injury in an accident. Your case may be settled prior to filing a lawsuit. But if settlement is not possible, it is crucial that you retain your right to file suit.

You can lose your right to file a lawsuit unless you do so in a timely manner. The time period during which you must file your lawsuit, or lose that right, is called the statue of limitations. If you do not file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out, you will lose the right to recover in court for your personal injury. This means you will be barred from using the courts to pursue your claim.

When does the statute of limitations start to run out?

The statute of limitations may vary depending on the type of lawsuit you file. The statute of limitations for bodily and personal injury is two years in Ohio. This means that if you are in a car accident and suffer bodily injury, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit.

Courts sometimes decide that the statute of limitations should begin running on the date you become aware of your injury, rather than the date on which the accident occurred. This is known as the discovery rule because the time period during which you must file an injury lawsuit (e.g., two years for bodily personal injury) begins to run out on the date you discover the injury rather than the date the accident occurs.

But you cannot count on the discovery rule being available. Courts, not you, decide whether to apply the discovery rule. You must do everything possible to protect your right to recover. That’s why it is always best to file your suit within the statute of limitations period as calculated from the date on which the wrongful act occurred.

The Ohio statutes of limitation for personal injury and related matters

The statutes of limitation for personal injury and car accident claims in Cincinnati and other Ohio courts, are as follows:

  • Bodily personal injury: two years
  • Property damage: two years
  • Wrongful death: two years
  • Legal malpractice: one year

If you are injured in an accident, it’s in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney at the earliest possible date. At Clements, Taylor & Cohen, L.P.A., Co., we can also advise you about the statutes of limitation that apply to other types of legal claims as well, such as product liability claims.

Contact one of our knowledgeable Cincinnati, OH personal injury lawyers today about your statute of limitations

At Clements, Taylor & Cohen, L.P.A., Co., we offer a free initial consultation if you have been injured or suffered from the wrongful death of a loved one in an accident and need capable legal representation. You can reach us at our toll-free number 513.721.6500 or online.