The time within which you have, or a claimant has, to file a lawsuit in Tuscaloosa or in any other county in Alabama, depends on the type of case. The law provides statutes of limitations, which are applicable to various causes of actions arising out of an injury or a death from an accident or any other instance. The general rule in Tuscaloosa and every other location in Alabama, is for negligence actions, it’s two years, from the date of the accident or the injury, given to file a lawsuit.
If a claimant fails to file a lawsuit within that time, the claim is forever barred by the laws of Alabama. In other types of cases, such as contract actions, uninsured motorist actions, which sometimes arise out of an auto injury case, the length of time in Alabama is six years. If there is an intentional tort where a defendant, whether it be an individual or a company, has intentionally injured someone, the law allows six years from the date of the injury for a lawsuit to be filed.
If you’ve been involved in an accident or injured, and you’re curious as to the amount of time you have within which to file a lawsuit, please feel free to give us a call. We’ll be happy to hear the facts of your case, the type of case, and potential cause of action you have available to you. And we can provide you with the time frame, based on what information you give us.