How Long Do I Have To Sue After An Accident?

Statute of limitations for Colorado injury case

While seeking medical attention is always the first thing you should do following an accident, it is also important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible - especially since there is a time limit on how long you can wait to file your lawsuit.

In fact, if you delay too long and fail to bring your personal injury claim within this time limit - otherwise known as the statute of limitations - the court may throw out your case and you will lose any chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Under Colorado law, several statutes of limitations may apply to your case depending on your circumstances and the type of injury involved. For example, here are some of the more common personal injury statutes of limitations in Colorado:

Two Years

  • If your personal injury is the result of someone else's negligence, such as most slip-and-fall accidents, you generally have two years from the date of your injury to file your claim.
  • If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you have two years from the date you discover or should have discovered your injuries to bring a claim. You cannot bring a claim more than three years after the date on which the procedure that caused your injury actually took place.
  • If a loved one is killed because of someone else's wrongful or negligent conduct, you normally have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

Three Years

  • If your personal injury or property damage arises out of a motor vehicle accident, you typically have three years to file your lawsuit.

One thing you need to remember, however, is that the time limits referenced above are just general guidelines. In fact, given that every situation is unique, the statute of limitations that applies to your claim may be quite different. Also, if your injury involves a government employee or agency, you may have other time limits to worry about - time limits that can be as short as 180 days.

Regardless of your situation, you need to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait too long, it may be too late.

Don't Delay - Contact An Experienced Attorney Now

For legal guidance you can trust, contact an attorney at FleschLaw today. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't pay attorney fees unless we get you a recovery. Contact us 24/7 to schedule your FREE initial consultation. You can reach our Denver or Englewood offices by calling 720-689-0322, or email us online.