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Why Does the Statute of Limitations Matter In a Personal Injury Case in Missouri

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There are deadlines for filing nearly every type of civil claim. This time limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.” Learn more about statute of limitation in this presentation.

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Why Does the Statute of Limitations Matter In a Personal Injury Case in Missouri

  1. 1. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 WHY DOES THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS MATTER IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE
  2. 2. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS MATTER1 There are deadlines for filing nearly every type of civil claim. This time limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.”
  3. 3. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 If you do not file your lawsuit before the particular deadline has passed, you will not be allowed to bring that lawsuit. If you still file your legal claim after the deadline, it will likely be dismissed.
  4. 4. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 HOW THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS PERIOD IS DETERMINED 2 Each statute of limitations period depends on the type of legal claim you are bringing and the state law applicable to that claim.
  5. 5. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 Your Joplin personal injury attorney will make sure you meet the statute of limitations period that applies to your particular civil case if you bring the case to them in time.
  6. 6. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 THE PURPOSE OF THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS 3 The primary purpose of a statute of limitations is a practical one. The evidence that will either support or discredit your legal claims will likely be destroyed over time, just as the memories of relevant witnesses will be less accurate.
  7. 7. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 In accident cases, for example, the scene is most often altered over time. Business records are usually destroyed as a normal course of business. In order to preserve evidence, it is important to bring your lawsuit as soon as possible.
  8. 8. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 TOLLING" OF THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS 4 Many jurisdictions "toll" or suspend the limitation period in special situations. For instance, if the injured party is a minor or if bankruptcy proceedings are involved.
  9. 9. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 In those situations, the running of the limitations period is paused or tolled until the special situation ends.
  10. 10. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 Equitable tolling can be applied for individuals who were intimated into not bringing the claim or who relied upon a promise that the period would be suspended. In those case, it would be unfair or inequitable not to toll the period.
  11. 11. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 WHAT IS THE DISCOVERY RULE?5 The discovery rule also tolls or suspends the statute of limitations until an injury is or should have been discovered, depending on the situation.
  12. 12. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 The way the discovery rule works is that it effectively changes when the statute of limitations begins to run. In those types of cases, the cause of the injury or death is not always apparent when it first occurs, due to the nature of the injury itself. So, the statute of limitations period doesn’t start until the injury is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered.
  13. 13. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 Not every state applies the discovery rule the same way, depending on the injury and other circumstances.
  14. 14. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 ARKANSAS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR VARIOUS CLAIMS 6 In Arkansas, most claims must be filed within three years, including personal injury, injury to property, and libel.
  15. 15. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 On the other hand, the statute of limitations for slander is one year. Written contracts have a five-year statute of limitations and there is a 10-year statute of limitations for collecting judgments.
  16. 16. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 Arkansas recognizes the “discovery” exception for situations where you could not have discovered your injury until some later time.
  17. 17. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 MISSOURI STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS 7 In Missouri, plaintiffs have two years to file a lawsuit for personal injury, defamation, and medical malpractice.
  18. 18. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 The discovery statute can also apply in Missouri, for a maximum of 10 years from the date of injury. Claims for injury to property, trespassing, and enforcement of written contracts are subject to a five-year statute of limitation. Claims of fraud, rent collection, debt collection, and judgments are all governed by a 10-year-statute of limitation.
  19. 19. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 DEADLINES FOR FILING WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS 8 Like all other legal claims, there is a deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, which differs from state to state. This deadline or time limit is commonly referred to as the "statute of limitations."
  20. 20. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 In both Missouri and Arkansas, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death action is three (3) years.
  21. 21. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 CLAIMS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT9 Arkansas has different rules when a claim is brought against a government entity. In those cases, the statute of limitations period is five (5) years.
  22. 22. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 Likewise, in Missouri, an injury claim against a state entity must be filed with the Office of Administration's Risk Management Division, within 90 days of the injury.
  23. 23. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 It is wise to seek the assistance of a Joplin personal injury attorney if you have a claim against a government entity.
  24. 24. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 CONTACT US!
  25. 25. Rogers Office: 117 South 2nd St Rogers, AR 72756 - (888) 465-4969 Joplin Office: 2001 Empire Ave Joplin, MO 64804 - (888) 465-4969 If you have questions regarding applicable statute of limitations for your claim or any other personal injury concerns in Arkansas or Missouri, please contact the Cottrell Law Office for a consultation, either online or by calling us as (800) 364-8305
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