If you have been injured on someone else’s property in Connecticut, you may be wondering how long you have to file a claim for compensation. Whether you slipped on a wet floor, tripped on a broken sidewalk, or were attacked by a dog, you may have a right to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more, via a premises liability claim. That said, you should not delay in taking legal action, because there is a deadline for filing premises liability claims in Connecticut. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. Related to but different than the statute of limitations are notice requirements that impose a much shorter written notice requirement for injuries involving injuries on public sidewalks. Read on and reach out to a seasoned Fairfield County, Connecticut personal injury lawyer from Casper & de Toledo to learn more about the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Connecticut.
The General Statute of Limitations for Premises Liability Claims
In most cases, the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Connecticut is two years from the date of the injury. This means that you have two years to file a lawsuit against the property owner or occupier who was responsible for your injury. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame, you will most likely lose your right to pursue compensation. It is imperative that, if you desire to pursue a claim for injuries resulting from a defective property, you retain an attorney well in advance to allow the attorney to properly investigate and plan your case and to prepare suit papers.
There are some exceptions to this general rule, however. For example, if you were injured by a defective product on someone else’s property, such as an elevator or an escalator, you may have three years to file a product liability claim, but only the shorter two years to pursue a claim against the party in control of the property
The Importance of Consulting with an Attorney
While the general rule of two years to bring suit for premises claims is not terribly complex, the period between the injury and the two-year expiration is really important. Some liability issues are fairly straightforward, but others are complex, and the early period after an injury can be used by your attorney to preserve evidence; to investigate the claim; to locate witnesses; and to guide you with health care decisions and rehabilitation. The lapse of time after the injury without the thoughtful input of an experienced premises liability lawyer may diminish the prospects of prevailing in the case. That may be a disincentive for some highly rated lawyers from taking your case.
At Casper & de Toledo, we have been representing victims of property-related injuries in Connecticut for decades. We know how to handle all types of premises liability cases, from slip and fall accidents to dog bites to negligent security. We will fight for your rights and seek the maximum compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, do not hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case and advise you on your best course of action. Contact Casper & de Toledo today for a free initial consultation.