On the eleventh day of Christmas, a marshal served on me! A complaint three months past expiry!
Welcome to part eleven of The Law Office of Christopher J. Mutchler’s festive twelve part pseudo-satirical series on Connecticut personal injury law: statutes of limitations.
In Connecticut (and the rest of the country), a person can only be sued for a certain length of time after whatever they did to get sued. Tort claims, for example, cannot be brought more than three years from the date of the tort. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-577. That battery action Little Billy wants to bring against Little Susie? He better bring it within three years.
The reason for this? Well, there are a lot. One important reason that get cited a lot is that as time passes, people forget the details of what they saw. Do you remember exactly where you were at 5:33 p.m. on August 16, 1998? Do you recall who you were with? Can you tell the jury what you were doing that night? Are you sure about that? Then how could you possibly recall under oath how long the liquid alleged to have been spilled on the floor had in fact been on that floor at 6:33 p.m. on the night of August 16, 1998? You can’t? No further questions, your honor.
As straight forward as it seems, it is not uncommon for injured people to lose out on the compensation they deserve because of a missed statute of limitations. The statute of limitations period is different for different types of actions, and only a lawyer can tell you how long you have. If you’ve been injured, don’t sit on your right. Call an attorney to discuss what you can do and how long you have to do it!
Life’s not always fair, but it may be fairer than you think it is. If you’re in a bind, the Law Office of Christopher J. Mutchler may be able to help.
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