How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?

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Every state has different laws regarding injury accident lawsuits. The type of claim and the state’s laws are both going to affect the time allowed for your lawsuit filing. The legal aspect of this is referred to as the statute of limitations. Put simply, this statute places a time limit on pursuing legal action as a result of wrongful actions or conduct. Without exceptions, there are no rights held after this statute expires. 

In Jefferson County, accident attorneys will discuss injury lawsuits and the time in which you have to file. The amount of time you have to file depends on the situation and type of case that you’re filing, so keep that in mind. Some of the statutes of limitation in Kentucky include: 

  • one year from date of incident for personal injury claims, product liability, defamation, libel, and slander;
  • one year for medical malpractice, unless malpractice cannot be reasonably discovered in that time, in which case it is five years;
  • two years for personal property damage;
  • five years for fraud or oral contracts; and
  • 15 years for written contracts. 


An injury accident, as you can see, allows you up to one year to file your lawsuit in the state of Kentucky. You should always talk to a Jefferson County accident attorney as soon as you can to discuss your claim. The sooner you file your lawsuit, the sooner your legal troubles may be resolved and you can move on with your life. 

To discuss your injury case or learn more about personal injury and Kentucky laws, contact the professionals at Gray & White today. You can visit our website, or call us to discuss your needs today: 888-450-4456.