How Much Time Do I Have To File a Claim After An Auto Accident?

AUTHOR: A.J. Bruning | November 20, 2016
How Much Time Do I Have To File a Claim After An Auto Accident?

We receive calls every day from individuals who have been injured in an auto accident with the same question, “I think I have a claim for injuries I sustained from an accident but I am worried that it is too late to do anything about it.” This is a valid question because there is a time period after which no claim can be brought against the other driver after an accident. The law refers to this time period as the “Statute of Limitations.”

Statute of Limitations in Missouri

The Stature of Limitations restricts the time period that an injured victim can file a lawsuit. These statutes vary by state and by particular causes of action; specifically, those related to personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability claims.

Personal Injury Lawyers MO

If you have been in a car accident and need a St. Louis car accident attorney, that attorney will need to file a lawsuit within five years of the date of injury.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Missouri

If a relative was in an accident and was killed as a result of the other driver’s negligence, then you have three years from the date of death to file a lawsuit.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in St. Louis, MO 

If you are suffering from injury due to the malpractice of a health care provider, a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred. Children who are under the age of 18 must file a medical malpractice action by their 20th birthday. In medical malpractice cases, the statute of limitation can change depending on the discovery of the injury. It is best to contact an attorney right away to discuss whether or not your case falls into this category.

Product Liability Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri 

A product liability cases is a case where the defective product is the cause of the injury. Product liability cases must be brought within five years after the plaintiff suffers injury.

For any other types of cases see: Bottom line is that if you were seriously injured in an accident it’s best to get medical help immediately and contact an attorney right away. Besides the statute of limitations there are other consequences of waiting to contact an attorney. Evidence may get destroyed or lost. Witnesses may forget important information that can help prove your case. If you’re injured and unable to work and are dealing with piles of medical bills, you don’t want to waste any time. Contact one of our car accident lawyers in St. Louis for a free consultation by calling 314-735-8100.


If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact The Bruning Law Firm today. We provide the comprehensive, professional legal representation you deserve at a time when you need it most.

Call or contact our office online today to schedule a free consultation.

A.J. Bruning


I was born and raised to represent individuals who have been needlessly injured. I mean that literally. At a young age my father would tell me about the clients he was representing. I would meet them and take pride in their admiration of my father. I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer and represent clients that needed my help.

Author's Bio

You Might Also Be Interested In