New Hampshire Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in most cases is three (3) years from the date of the accident. In cases where the victim’s injury is not immediately obvious, the statute of limitations is three years from the date that he or she should reasonably have known that his or her injury was caused by another party’s negligence.
The three year statute of limitations applies to all types of personal injury claim, including medical malpractice and product liability claims. In some states, certain types of personal injury claim have different statutes of limitations from others. Wrongful death claims are also bound to the three year statute of limitations in New Hampshire.
When an individual files a personal injury claim against a government entity, he or she must also file a formal injury claim with the appropriate court within 180 days of the accident.
The Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims by Minors
When a minor is injured because of another party’s negligence, the three year statute of limitations does not apply in most cases. Instead, individuals who are injured as minors have up to two years following their 18th birthdays to file personal injury claims.
This is not the case with all types of claim, though. When a minor suffers an injury because a foreign object is left inside his or her body after surgery, the three year statute of limitations that applies to adults is applicable. This is also true for wrongful death claims involving minors.
If an individual was under the age of eight when he or she suffered any other type medical malpractice injury, the minor’s parents have until the child’s 10th birthday to file a medical malpractice claim. Otherwise, minors are bound to the same three year statute of limitations that governs adults’ medical malpractice claims.
Other Issues to Note Regarding New Hampshire’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
An individual cannot file a product liability claim if his or her incident involved an item manufactured and sold more than 12 years prior. This is important to keep in mind for anyone considering filing a product liability claim in New Hampshire.
Contact Sabbeth Law for a free personal injury case review
If you’ve suffered a serious personal injury it’s critical that you act quickly to retain legal counsel. An experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer will ensure that you don’t miss the opportunity to recover damages due to legal restraints like the statute of limitations.
We understand just how difficult a personal injury can make your life. At Sabbeth Law, our approach was crafted to allow our clients more dignity through this process and ultimately to produce the best possible results.
Contact Sabbeth Law today for a free case review from attorney Michael Sabbeth.