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Connecticut Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for personal injury & accidents in Connecticut is two (2) years (Ref: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-584). 

What this means is that you (or your attorney) must file a lawsuit against a defendant within two years of the date of your accident. If you do not file a lawsuit within two years, generally you forfeit any potential claim against the defendant as a matter of law - meaning there will be no opportunity for a settlement, arbitration or trial. 

Disclaimer: Although the information presented on this page is generally true there are some exceptions to this information, and the Connecticut Statute of Limitations (and the exceptions) may change over time. If you or a family member was involved in an accident and considering seeking compensation for your injuries it is crucial that you speak to a Connecticut personal injury lawyer to discuss your claim and potential recovery.

Variations on Time Limits for Filing a Lawsuit in Connecticut

There are some variations & exceptions to the 2 years statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Connecticut. Because of this, it is critical you discuss your matter with a lawyer who is highly experienced in personal injury law. 

  • If the defendant (the person who allegedly caused the plaintiff's injuries) leaves the state for any period of time after the underlying accident, and before the lawsuit can be filed, the time of absence won't be counted as part of the two years. But note that the filing deadline won't be extended more than seven years under this exception. 
  • If the person who caused the underlying accident takes steps to fraudulently conceal his or her liability, the statute of limitations "clock" likely won't start to run until the injured person discovers what actually happened. 

What if You Miss the Deadline to File a Lawsuit?

If you miss the deadline to file a lawsuit and the Connecticut statute of limitations passes (barring any exceptions), the opposing party will almost surely move for case dismissal and it will likely be granted. This also means that nearly any hope of a settlement will also be forfeited because there is no leverage to potentially pursue a trial (since it would immediately be dismissed). 

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