Statute of Limitations in Suicide Lawsuit
The clock is ticking on filing a lawsuit
In every state, there is a limit on the amount of time in which a lawsuit must be filed. In some states, the so-called Statute of Limitations begins from the date of last treatment. In other states, it begins to run from the date of the negligent act. In other states, it begins to run when the plaintiff, through the exercise of due diligence, could have discovered the negligence.
When the negligence has resulted in the death of the patient, many states start running their Statute of Limitations on the date of death. If the patient is a minor or incompetent, the Statute of Limitations may not begin to run until later (typically, until the minority or incompetency has lifted).
Because each state's Statute of Limitations is unique, it is important that a tailored legal opinion be obtained to determine whether the Statute of Limitations in your State has expired.
If you or someone you know has been injured by the negligence of a mental health provider, it's important that you act quickly to ensure that your claim is timely filed. Failure to do so will likely result in dismissal of the action.
How a lawyer can help answer questions about your potential case
For a free consultation, call 214-618-8222 or complete our online contact form. Attorney Skip Simpson can evaluate your claim and answer your questions. We understand how devastating a suicide can be on a family. We will do our best to assist you with your potential claim. The Law Offices of Skip Simpson – driven to succeed, focused on results.