Iowa, like every state, has certain time limits, called "statutes of limitations," that govern the period during which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the type of personal injury case, you may have as little as two years to file a lawsuit from an accident. Various Iowa statutes of limitation include:
- Personal injury generally - 2 years
- Claims against cities/counties/schools - generally 6 months
- Claims against the State of Iowa - 2 years
- Workers' compensation claims - 2 years from the date of occurrence for which benefits are claimed OR if weekly compensation benefits were paid, within 3 years from the date of the last payment of weekly compensation benefits.
If you miss the statutory deadline for filing a case, your case is barred from court. It is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible to determine which deadlines apply in your case.
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