How Long do I Have to Bring a Lawsuit?

The length of time you have to bring a lawsuit depends on the "statute of limitations" also called the "limitations period" for the particular conduct that caused your injuries. Statutes of limitations are complicated and must be carefully analyzed for each individual case. However, the general statute of limitations for intentional torts -- i.e. for intentional sexual assault or date rape -- is one year. The statute of limitations for negligence is usually three years. Other limitations periods apply in different circumstances, including for crimes against children. In order to determine whether your lawsuit is still timely, you should consult with a lawyer.