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Louisiana Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a statute, or law, that restricts the period of time, after certain events, that a person may initiate legal proceedings.  These time limits vary depending on the type of case and the state where the particular cause of action occurred.  After the time limit has passed, the injured person no longer has the right to sue to recovery money damages, unless a legal exception applies.  The following provides a brief summary, in alphabetical order, of some of the limitations periods for the state of Louisiana for those actions related to personal injury, medical malpractice, and some products liability.  Please contact a qualified Louisiana lawyer to find out how a statute of limitations applies to your situation. 

Fraud:
Actions based on fraud must be filed within 1 year. 

Libel-Slander-Defamation:
These types of actions must be filed within 1 year from the date of the action.

Medical Malpractice:
All actions against medical professionals must be filed within 1 year of the date the medical malpractice injury occurred, or within 1 year of the date the plaintiff discovered, or reasonably should have discovered, the injury.  In no case may the claim be filed after 3 years have passed from the date of the action resulting in the injury.

Personal Injury:
Personal injury actions must be filed within 1 year from the date of the injury.

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions Chart

Product Liability:
Product liability actions must be filed within 1 year from the date of the injury. 

Professional Malpractice:
All actions against professionals must be filed within 1 year of the date the injury occurred, or within 1 year of the date the plaintiff discovered, or reasonably should have discovered, the injury.  In no case may the claim be filed after 3 years have passed from the date of the action resulting in the injury.

Uninsured Motorist Claim:
All uninsured motorist claims must be filed within 2 years of the date of the accident.

Wrongful Death:
Wrongful death actions must be filed within 1 year of the date of death.

Special Rules Tolling the Statute of Limitations:
A statute of limitations is tolled when certain conditions are present.  When a statute is tolled, the limitations period is essentially put on hold for a period of time.  Some typical reasons that a statute is tolled include situations when the victim of the injury was a minor at the time of the injury (minority), when the victim of the injury was mentally incompetent at the time of the injury (mental incompetence), and when the defendant has filed bankruptcy. 

In Louisiana, when the injured party is a minor involved in a product liability action that resulted in claims of permanent disability, the one year limitations period does not run against that injured minor.

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