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How Much Time Does An Injured Person Have To File A Lawsuit?

If you suffer a personal injury in New Orleans, the time limit within which you may file a personal injury lawsuit is governed by Louisiana law.

Often, when a person is injured as a result of someone else’s negligent conduct — such as a car accident or tripping over a hazard on someone’s property — the extent of the injuries may not be immediately apparent. While there is some time in which to make a decision about whether or not to sue, you cannot delay forever.

If it does turn out that an accident has resulted in a personal injury serious enough that you need to sue, you have one year from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit in Louisiana for your personal injuries.

If you think you may need to bring a lawsuit but are not sure, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. He or she will be aware of the time limitations in your case and can help you determine if a lawsuit is necessary.

Also, in some specific cases, there may be exceptions to this one year time limit. If you have been injured in the New Orleans area or elsewhere in Louisiana and have questions, please feel free to contact us at 504-581-6411 or 877-581-6411. We would be happy to help you.