Our St. Louis personal injury attorney at The Gogel Law Firm knows that when our Missouri residents are injured in a vehicle collision, at work, or while undergoing medical care, time is of the essence when pursuing the liable party for their damages.
This is true for several reasons. First, the earlier you speak with a personal injury attorney, the quicker their law firm can investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury or the loss of your loved one and begin preserving crucial evidence to help build your case. Next, Missouri has several statutes of limitation, based on the details of your case, that limit how long you have to file a claim.
Missouri residents need to know the time constraints for filing an injury or wrongful death claim.
Missouri Personal Injury Statute of Limitation: Five Years
In most cases, the statute of limitations for filing Missouri personal injury claims is five years from the incident. Common personal injury claims include, but are not limited to, vehicle collisions, pedestrian accidents, slips and falls and other premises liability incidents.
Missouri Workers’ Compensation Statute of Limitations: Two Years
According to the Missouri Department of Labor, employees who are injured at work must file a workers’ compensation claim within two years of the incident.
However, if the employer does not promptly report a workplace injury or fatality, the statutory period may be extended to three years.
Missouri Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations: Two Years
When a Missouri resident is injured while undergoing medical care that rises to the level of malpractice, negligence, error, or mistake related to healthcare, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim is two years from the incident. The statute may be extended under certain circumstances where the injured person is a minor.
Missouri Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations: Three Years
When the death of a person results from any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance, the surviving family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their lost loved one. The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in Missouri is three years from the date of the person’s death.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of another person, party, or entity’s negligence in Missouri, contact our St. Louis personal injury attorney today to review your case by calling (314) 775-3864 or online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the liable party for your complete financial recovery needs.