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Nebraska Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for personal injury & accidents in Nebraska is four (4) years (Ref: Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-207). 

What this means is that you (or your attorney) must file a lawsuit against a defendant within four years of the date of your accident. If you do not file a lawsuit within four 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 Nebraska 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 an Nebraska personal injury lawyer to discuss your claim and potential recovery.

Variations on Time Limits for Filing a Lawsuit in Nebraska

There are some variations & exceptions to the 4 years statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Nebraska. Because of this, it is critical you discuss your matter with a lawyer who is highly experienced in personal injury law. 

  • In the state of Nebraska, most personal injury cases have a four-year statute of limitations (one year for assault and battery or defamation, which are considered intentional torts). 
  • There is also a four-year limit for fraud, trespassing, oral contracts, and some other causes of action, while judgments and written contracts have a five-year statute of limitations.

What if You Miss the Deadline to File a Lawsuit?

If you miss the deadline to file a lawsuit and the Nebraska 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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