Generally three years, but the statute of limitations is not something to mess with. You should not wait until the three years is almost on you to start a personal injury lawsuit.
A lot can happen in three years. Witnesses move, and their memories fade. The at-fault party might move, and then be hard to serve. Some people who wait until the last minute to contact an attorney find it may be too late to find and correctly serve the the at-fault party. The legal documents that start the lawsuit cannot just be posted on the door or left with a house-guest. Service must meet legal requirements, and even if the documents are actually received by the at-fault party this may not be enough.
The personal injury claim is lost forever if the case is not both properly filed and properly served within the statute of limitations.
We always try to settle out of court both before and after filing a personal injury lawsuit. But, if we are within six months of the statute of limitations – we file and serve. If you call us with less time than that left we may consider accepting the case, but we sometimes refuse on this basis alone.
Do not delay. Seek a free personal injury case evaluation right away.