If you have been injured or you have a lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence and live in Louisiana, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help cover expenses associated with the injury or death. A Louisiana personal injury attorney will meet with you free of charge to go over the details of your case and advise you of your right to file a claim against the party who injured you or caused your loved one’s death. One factor that affects all personal injury cases is the statute of limitations, which is the amount of time you have to take legal action. In Louisiana, you only have one year to file suit for personal injury cases, with some exceptions.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Louisiana
As with other personal injury claims, Louisiana’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases is just one year. There is some gray area when it comes to deciding when the clock starts running for medical malpractice lawsuits, but after hearing the details of your case, an experienced lawyer will be able to advise you whether or not you have a case, and whether or not your action would be barred by the the 12-month statute of limitations.
Product Liability Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for product liability cases in Louisiana is also 12 months, regardless of the age of the injured party. In many product liability cases, the injury does not manifest symptoms until months or even years after the product was used. For instance, medical devices implanted in the body during surgery may not make you sick for a very long time. The “discovery rule” and statute of repose allow extended time to file suit. An experienced Louisiana defective products attorney will know whether or not an extension of the statute applies to your case after hearing the specific details of your injury.
Breach of Contract Statute of Limitations
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for breach of contract lawsuits is ten years for written contracts and ten years for verbal contracts.
If you feel you have suffered injury or a loved one has died due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you should consult with an experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney. The same rule applies for breach of contract lawsuits. An attorney with experience in commercial litigation and breach of contract cases will be able to assess the viability of your claim.