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The statute of limitations is the time period after which you are unable to collect damages on a specific claim. Like all other lawsuits, personal injury cases have a time limit set by a statute of limitations. In most personal injury cases, the time period covered by the statute of limitations begins on the date or the injury’s occurrence.

While the statute of limitations seems like a simple concept, it is not always as straightforward as it seems. Here’s why:

  • The time period covered by the statute of limitations is different for each state and every singular offense. 
  • If you discover a medical injury outside the statute of limitations, the discovery rule may apply and extend the period that you are able to collect damages. 
  • Conversely, tolling the statute of limitations benefits the victim by stopping (tolling) the time period allowed. 

Because there are exceptions to the statute of limitations, injured parties should seek the knowledge and expertise of a personal injury attorney. Personal injury lawyers are well versed in the statute of limitations for various injury cases in their state as well as potential exceptions. It is important to contact them as close to the date of the injury or offense as possible to ensure that you are able to begin legal proceedings well within the timeline for your particular situation.

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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