The amount of time that you have to file a personal injury lawsuit according to Iowa law is limited by a law known as the statute of limitations. While you may be initially frustrated by the thought of a deadline to file a lawsuit, the statute of limitations serves an important purpose. It guarantees that a case will be filed within a specific time so that the uncertainty of potential litigation does not hang over the defendant indefinitely and so that the injured party acts quickly enough for evidence to be gathered and a meaningful recovery to be made.
In Iowa You Typically Have Two Years to File a Case
Generally, someone who is hurt in a slip and fall accident has two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. However, this general rule does not apply to every case, and it is important to know about the exceptions. For example, you might have a shorter amount of time to provide notice that you are filing a lawsuit if you fell on government property. Conversely, if you were injured as a minor, then the time that you have to file a lawsuit may be extended.
Don’t Wait Until You Are Up Against the Deadline
The longer that you wait to pursue a case, the longer it will take to make a fair recovery. If you’ve been hurt then you likely want money to pay for your medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and other damages as soon as possible. By contacting an attorney immediately after your fall, you can make sure that your rights are protected, that your claim is being pursued, and that you don’t miss the statute of limitations deadline that could end your chances of making a fair recovery.
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