April 15, 2020 By Page 1 Solutions The Statute of Limitations and Other Deadlines, Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect My Case? Whether you are involved in a civil or criminal case, or think you may be soon, you are probably wondering if and how the COVDI-19 pandemic will affect you, and if it will mean a change to the dates and deadlines associated with your case. Each state and jurisdiction is different, and most importantly, this is a rapidly changing situation. Things are changing daily. Stay at home orders have been issued in most states and those orders are amended frequently, sometimes more than once a day. And stay at home orders do not necessarily apply to court proceedings, but some states have suspended some court business. It is imperative that you talk to a local attorney to find out how COVID-19 will affect your case. Deadlines for Getting Started on Personal Injury Lawsuits When it comes to personal injury, you have a few deadlines to keep in mind. The statute of limitations is your time limits for filing your lawsuit. The statute of limitations varies by state and by type of case. The clock begins to run on the date of your injury, or on the date that you discovered or that a reasonable person would have discovered their injury or that the defendant caused the injury. So, if the statute of limitations is three years for your type of injury, you have three years from the date of your injury to file your lawsuit. If you let the statute of limitations expire, you lose your right to sue. It doesn’t matter how much you need and deserve compensation. It doesn’t matter how bad the defendant’s actions were. Something else to keep in mind are notice requirements if you are going to sue a government entity. Lawsuits against government entities have different rules and timelines, and you often have a vary short amount of time to give notice of your intent to sue. These requirements vary by jurisdiction. To learn more about statutes of limitations and how COVID-19 will affect your case, please search this directory for an attorney in your area.