FAQ: Are There Time Limits for When I Can File a Personal Injury Claim?

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Straddling the border between Kansas and Missouri, the metropolitan area of Kansas City is home to more than 2 million people. Additionally, there are many nearby cities and suburbs, including Overland Park, Kansas, and Independence, Missouri. Unfortunately, with the bustling nature of a large city, Kansas City residents experience their share of personal injuries that may be caused by anything from a traffic accident to a workplace injury.

If you’ve experienced such an injury in the Kansas City area, you may be wondering if there are time limits for when you can file a personal injury claim?

According to personal injury attorney Jesse Tanksley of the Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys, there are time limits for filing a personal injury claim and these are set by each state’s statues of limitations, which are the periods of limitation for bringing legal action. There are different statutes of limitations dependent on the types of cases and the different jurisdictions.

Personal Injury Claims in Missouri

  • Standard personal injury cases generally have a five year statue of limitations.
  • Medical negligence cases generally have a two year statue of limitations.

Personal Injury Claims in Kansas

  • There is no distinction between personal injury cases and medical negligence cases. Such cases generally have a two year statute of limitations.

Despite the above mentioned time limits, it’s important to note that there are exceptions. In some situations, the time limits can be prolonged. “It’s good to contact an attorney even if it’s been longer than the two years or five years to see if, in your specific case, you can still bring a claim,” said Tanksley.

Do You Need to File a Personal Injury Claim?

If you have suffered a personal injury, we encourage you to contact Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys for a free consultation. Our team of attorneys in Kansas and Missouri have more than 50 years of trial and litigation experience, practicing specifically in the areas of auto accident law, personal injury, trucking accidents and workers’ compensation. There are absolutely no fees until a settlement or verdict is reached, and we’ve collected millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. You have nothing to lose!

Request a free consultation with our team of Kansas City personal injury attorneys or contact us directly at (877) 768-2400. We look forward to speaking with you!