How Long After a Car Accident Can You File a Lawsuit in Ohio?

September 11, 2012

Auto Accidents

car accidentIn 2011, the state of Ohio had over seven-million citizens licensed to drive.  This number was large enough to put Ohio in the top-ten for the United States.  With such a large amount of people on the road, car accidents are bound to happen.  In 2011, over 72,000 Ohioans suffered personal injury as a result of car crashes.  An even more staggering statistic is that over 215,000 Ohioans suffered damage to their personal property as a result of car crashes in 2011.

While it is difficult to determine how many of those thousands of citizens were compensated for their injuries, it’s safe to say they all had numerous questions about their auto accident.

How much is my car worth?

Am I entitled to a rental vehicle?

Who will pay my medical bills?

Should I retain an attorney?

All of these inquiries are extremely important.  However, one of the most important determinations for an accident victim is calculating how long they have to file a lawsuit after their car accident.

Let’s say you were t-boned at an intersection by someone running a red light.  You were taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  You had X-rays, medication and an overnight stay.  You get insurance information from the driver, and begin speaking with his insurance claims adjuster.  Things become difficult, and you become uneasy about the discussions and wonder whether you should hire an attorney to protect your best interests.

The Ohio Revised Code gives a direct answer to the question of how long you have to file a complaint to recover for your injuries.  In section 2305.10, the Ohio legislature determined that claims for personal injury and injury to personal property must be brought within 2 years of when the victim suffered injury.  This essentially means that you have 2 years of the date of the accident that caused the injury.

To get an accurate assessment of timelines and limitations on your claim, you should speak to an Ohio attorney as soon as possible.  To receive a free consultation from attorneys experienced in Ohio personal injury law, automobile accidents and damage to personal property, contact the law firm of Slater and Zurz at 330-762-0700 or toll free 1-800-297-9191.  You can also visit for more information and to schedule a free consultation.

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3 Comments on “How Long After a Car Accident Can You File a Lawsuit in Ohio?”

  1. ASWD Law personal injury attorneys cincinnati Says:

    This is one of the very informative article that I ever read on the web about car accident lawsuit. You have successfully sited all the important points about such matter.


  2. Maddy | car accident attorney jacksonville Says:

    Thanks for giving us some useful information as to what are the procedures in filing for a claim after a car accident.



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