In general there are deadlines to file a lawsuit after suffering an injury (physical or financial). We often refer to these deadlines as the “Statute of Limitations.” In Alabama for most personal injuries like car wrecks, slip and fall, and medical malpractice, the deadline is two (2) years from the date of the injury. Written contracts generally have a longer statue of limitations (6 years). If a lawsuit is not filed before the deadline, the injured party cannot pursue the responsible party. In Alabama, there are some things not covered by the Statute of Limitations (family law issues being chief among those). Cases involving fraud are sometimes very difficult because often the date of the injury was not realized until much later (because of the fraud). For cases such as these, often the statute begins to run from the point that a reasonable person should have discovered the injury/fraud (usually 2 years). Determining when the fraud should have become apparent is a question the courts decide when a defendant challenges a plaintiff’s lawsuit as being barred by the Statute of Limitations. There are many different deadlines and each state has its own Statute of Limitations. It is important that you contact an attorney to learn what deadlines may apply in a specific situation. We have offices in Birmingham and Blount County and represent individuals and businesses in all matter of civil lawsuits including auto accidents and other personal injuries. We also handle a wide variety of cases involving contracts, real estate, and probate law. Please call our Birmingham office at (205) 937-3687 or our Blount County office at (205) 683-0660.