It’s pretty incredible that our country has a justice system whereby if someone behaves negligently and that negligence directly harms you in some way, you have the right to file a lawsuit against that person or entity so you can receive compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. But even though it is your right to file such a lawsuit, a system of checks and balances is still required in such scenarios in order to place some control over why and how those lawsuits are filed. If this type of balance didn’t exist, then the system would fall apart for just about everyone who relies on it.

One such method of checks and balances is called a statute of limitations. And in its most basic form, this statute limits the amount of time a victim has to file a lawsuit against the party they believe is responsible for their injuries. But statutes of limitations do have the potential to get a lot more complicated than that, depending on who you are, what kind of injury you suffered, and even where the incident that led to the injury happened.

So if you’ve suffered a personal injury that you believe may qualify for a lawsuit, understanding the statute of limitations related to your specific scenario could be much more important to your case than you realize.

To read more about the Missouri statute of limitations, read our full FAQ article, here.

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