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Is the time in which you can sue (“statute of limitations (SOL)”) for personal injury different for children than adults?

 

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Yes.  The usual SOL for personal injury matters is 2 years.  For children, however, unless they have been legally emancipated, they have until they turn 20 to file a personal injury claim (age 18 when they become an adult and then the usual 2 years added to that). If they were already emancipated at the time of the accident, they have two years from the date of injury. If the injury happened before emancipation, they have two years from the date of their emancipation to file a claim.


Kellam T. Parks
Managing Member of Parks Zeigler, PLLC