Statute of Limitations and Statutory Notice Requirements

Bringing a lawsuit to recover money damages for a personal injury is always time sensitive.   Under Connecticut law, there is a limited period of time within which an injured party can bring a lawsuit for personal injury.  This period of time is commonly known as the “statute of limitations”.  In most cases in Connecticut, the statute of limitations is two (2) years.  This means that a personal injury lawsuit must be filed in court within two (2) years of your injury.  There are some other cases that have a different statute of limitations that may be shorter or longer, depending on the type of case.  Please contact a lawyer if you think you may have a case to determine the appropriate statute of limitations.

Unfortunately, it is not always that simple!  Depending on who is at fault for your injury, there may be other important deadlines that will affect your ability to bring a personal injury lawsuit.  For example, if you were injured by a defective roadway or sidewalk controlled by the State of Connecticut or a town or city, you are required by law to provide a detailed letter of your intention to bring a lawsuit within ninety (90) days of the injury.  This letter is called a “notice”.  If an injured party does not provide notice of the lawsuit to the proper government organization within this time period, they are not allowed to bring a lawsuit!  In most situations, this ninety (90) day time period will come and go before medical treatment is finished.  Notice requirements also exist in cases against other categories of defendants.  A list of parties against whom there are notice requirements and deadlines is provided below.

To be sure that you are able recover for injuries that you have sustained, it is important to contact an attorney in a timely fashion.  Meeting with a lawyer soon after your injury will guarantee that you do not accidentally miss an important notice deadline.  Please do not wait until it is too late!

Type of Case Notice Deadline
Injury caused by Defective Road or Sidewalk 90 days
Dram Shop (negligent service of alcohol by a bar) 120 days – 180 days (if the event of death or incapacity)
Injury caused by City of Town Employee 6 months
Injury caused by a Housing Authority in Connecticut 6 months
Injury caused by the State of Connecticut 1 year


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