Providence Personal Injury Attorney Tips: Understanding Your Time Deadlines

December 28th, 2018

Want to know one important reason to always contact our law firm after a Rhode Island personal injury such as a car accident?  Time deadlines.  Time deadlines that could keep you from making a case.  There are many of them!  In today’s blog, I will review one important aspect of time deadlines in Rhode Island, known as the tolling of the statute of limitations.

Rhode Island Personal Injury Statutes of Limitation

After a Rhode Island car accident or personal injury, there is a law that provides a general time limit by which you must file a lawsuit or be forever barred from doing so.  This is known as the statutes of limitations.  The general law in Rhode Island is that you have three (3) years to file a personal injury lawsuit. But beware!  There are many exceptions and nuances to the law.  

RI Personal Injury Time for Minors To File Suit (Tolling The Statute of Limitations)

One exception to the general law involves a minor, defined in RI as one under the age of 18 years old.

When a statute of limitation is tolled, it is legally suspended.  This extends the amount of time that a person has to file a personal injury claim.  One example is a personal injury claim in RI injuring a minor.

In R.I. Gen. Laws § 9-1-19 of the Rhode Island Law, it states that, “If any person at the time any such cause of action shall accrue to him or her shall be under the age of eighteen (18) years, or of unsound mind, or beyond the limits of the United States, the person may bring the cause of action, within the time limited under this chapter, after the impediment is removed.” Thus, if a Providence, RI car accident injures a fifteen year old, the statute of limitations will expire on the victim’s twenty-first birthday.

Tolling the statute of limitations for a minor who suffers a personal injury in Rhode Island is just one example of how time limits can affect your case.  If you have suffered a personal injury, it is best to contact an experienced plaintiff personal injury law firm as soon as possible. At the Bottaro Law Firm, we offer fast and free consultations on these issues 24/7.

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