How Long Do I Have To File A Personal Injury Claim In Louisiana?

If you ever suffer a serious injury due to the negligent or reckless acts of another, you may find yourself wondering how long you actually have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Well, the truth of the matter is that you must act fast ― or risk not being able to bring your case at all.

In fact, under Louisiana law, there is a one-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. Therefore, if you fail to file your claim within one year of your injury, you will likely be out of luck. This one-year period applies to most personal injury claims, including those involving:

  • Motor vehicle collisions, including drunk driving and distracted driving accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products, which is also known as products liability

Given the short time frame for filing many of these claims, it is more important than ever to contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected and all relevant evidence is collected.

Have you suffered a personal injury and are now worried you may be running out of time to file your claim? Contact the law firm of Glenn W. Alexander today and speak with an experienced attorney. To schedule your FREE consultation, email us online or call us at 337-494-4398. From our office in Lake Charles, we serve clients throughout southwest Louisiana.

What About Offshore Accidents?

While most personal injury actions in Louisiana must be filed within one year, there are some exceptions ― particularly when it comes to some offshore and maritime accidents. For instance, many maritime personal injury claims are subject to a three-year statute of limitations.

However, this three-year period does not apply to all offshore accidents. To learn more about the potential time restrictions that may apply to your claim, it is best to contact a lawyer right away.