Most civil claims are governed by a statute of limitations.
When a person wishes to file a lawsuit against another in Wyoming, the claim must be filed within the statute of limitations.
Because statutes of limitations vary depending upon the type of civil case that is being pursued, consulting with a personal injury attorney to learn more about the specifics of the laws relevant to your case is important.
In the meantime, here’s a look into what you need to know about the personal injury statute of limitations in Wyoming:
What Is a Statute of Limitation?
A statute of limitations is a legal limit on the amount of time that a party has to file a lawsuit against another. The purpose of a statute of limitations is primarily to protect defendants from being named in suits for accidents that have happened years in the past, although they can also offer protection for the plaintiff too–for example, a plaintiff may be more motivated to collect evidence relevant to their claim early on thanks to the statute.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in Wyoming?
In Wyoming, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years from the date of injury. This is found in Wyoming Code Chapter 3 – Limitation of Actions. The code also explains that the time on the statute of limitations begins from the date that the cause of action accrues.
The above statute of limitation is in regards to personal injury claims that are filed against private parties, such as a private company or private individual.
For claims that are filed against the government, the statute of limitations is shortened, and a formal written notice of the intent to file a claim must be filed within two years of the date of injury. Then, the actual lawsuit must be filed within one year from the date of your notice of intent to sue.
Note that the statute of limitations is also shortened to two years in medical malpractice cases.
What Happens if I Breach the Statute of Limitations?
If the statute of limitations is breached, there is little that can be done; you will be barred from recovery. There may be an extension granted in the event that the injured party was under 18 when the injury occurred, or if the injury was not discovered immediately (in the event of medical malpractice).
Start the Process of Building Your Claim Today
Because a breach of the statute of limitations can bar you from recovery, it is best to start building your claim as soon as possible.
When you call the Wyoming personal injury lawyers at Platte River Injury Law, we will sit down with you to review your case free of charge, outline your legal options, and start building your case immediately if you decide to hire us.
To schedule a free consultation with our team, please send us a message or call us directly. Our lawyers can help you to recover the compensation which you deserve.