Ohio statute of limitations are laws passed by legislative bodies to set the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be initiated.
When the period of time specified in a statute of limitations passes, a claim may no longer be filed. Or, if filed, may be thrown out of court.
For example, if you are involved in an auto accident caused by someone else, you have only 2 years to file suit in Ohio. If you fail to do so within that time frame, you lose your right to pursue a claim, which is why it is vital you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an injury or accident. Certain exceptions do exist, such as whether the claimant was a minor when the accident happened, but the two year limit for personal injury claims generally encompasses the vast majority of cases.
The Statutes of Limitations Relevant to Personal Injury Cases in Ohio.
|Suit||Statute of Limitations||Code|
|Wrongful death||2 years||ORC 2125.02(D)|
|Bodily Injury or injury to personal property||2 years||ORC 2305.10|
|Malpractice (Other than medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic)||1 year||ORC 2305.11|
|Medical malpractice||1 year||ORC 2305.113|
|Assault and Battery||1 year from initial date identity of the attacker is known||ORC 2305.111|
|Actions Against the State||2 years||ORC 2743.16|
|Actions Against Political Subdivisions||2 years||ORC 2744.04|
|Actions not otherwise provided for||10 years||ORC 2305.14|
When filing a personal injury claim, prompt action is of the utmost importance. Evidence that can support your side of the story can and is frequently lost, deleted or mishandled. Ohio statute of limitations are short and pass by quickly. Witnesses find their memories grow increasingly vague and may be harder to locate as more time passes.
Don’t risk losing your opportunity to reclaim just compensation for your injuries – contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman Law today at (937) 222 2030 to schedule your FREE consultation.