Deadlines to Filing Your Lawsuit: Absolute Bars to Your Claim

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 in Courts, Local Issues

louisianastateseal.jpgIn Louisiana, you only get so much time to file your lawsuit.  If you miss this deadline, then it doesn’t matter how valid your claim is – or how horrible the evildoer defendant is, or how serious the injuries are, or even if there’s been a death due to someone’s bad acts:  you won’t have a valid legal case anymore.  You’ll be barred from pursuing your case because you missed the deadline.

This means that as callous as it may sound, someone in the family needs to check on the legal issues before it’s too late.  In its own way, it is very compassionate in serious personal injury situations, for example, to investigate the victim’s legal redress – just as it is compassionate to help loved ones facing pain, suffering, and grief over loss in other loving and supportive ways.

These deadlines can be very short  — check these out, which must all be filed within 1 year:

Wrongful Death
Must be filed within one year from the date of death.

Personal Injury
Must be filed within one year from the date of the injury.

Defective Product/Products Liability
Must be filed within one year after the date of the injury.

Medical Malpractice
Must be filed within one year of the date that the injury is discovered by the victim, OR one year from the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred, and there’s an absolute bar:  all medical malpractice lawsuits have to be filed within 3 years from the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred.

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