Do you ever wonder if crimes or legal claims prescribe or ‘go stale’? The answer is yes, they do. Let’s take this example – your car got rear-ended over a year ago and your neck is still sore until now. It turns out that the repair shop did not fix your car properly. Can you still file for damages against the other driver or the auto shop? Is there a deadline for filing your case in court? Our law firm in Laurel, Maryland can answer that legal question for you based on Maryland law, specifically called the civil statutes of limitations.
Every state has its own set of statutes of limitations. These set a timeline for filing lawsuits and other civil actions in court. In a nutshell, the statute of limitations in Maryland ranges from 1 to 12 years, depending on the type of case. The ‘statutory clock’ will start ticking on either the date when the incident happened or the date when the harm or injury was discovered. Some examples of our civil statutes of limitations are enumerated below:
- Injury to a person is 3 years.
- Libel or slander is 1 year.
- Fraud is 3 years.
- Injury to personal property is 3 years.
- The collection of debt on the account is 3 years.
For all other civil statutes of limitations under Maryland law, you can contact our legal counsel to help you out. Sometimes, it takes professional help to make us understand the most intricate legal issues.
Hence, for your other legal queries, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Mercy Law Firm LLC. Aside from statutes of limitations, personal injury, and other civil laws, we can also provide you a family lawyer in Maryland.