The Statute of Limitations in the State of Utah
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on August 24, 2013
Our medical malpractice attorneys have helped clients receive damages and achieve justice following serious injury. In order for our team to provide the best counsel and legal guidance, however, lawsuits must be filed in a timely manner so that they are within the statute of limitations. There are plenty of misunderstandings when it comes to the statute of limitations, and we'd like to address these issues in brief right now.
What is a statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations refers to a period of time in which a person can file a lawsuit. A lawsuit cannot be filed once the statute of limitations has passed.
Why does a statute of limitations exist?
While it may seem like a detriment to the legal system, the statute of limitations is in place in order to ensure fairness in the court of law. Statutes of limitations will make sure that:
- All evidence is still in good condition
- Investigations are as trouble-free as possible
- Witness testimony is still fresh in mind/not forgotten
We encourage you to speak with our personal injury lawyers if you have any questions regarding a potential lawsuit. Doing this sooner rather than later can help ensure the best legal results on your behalf.
Statute of Limitations for Civil Cases
The following statutes of limitations apply for civil cases:
- Medical Malpractice - 2 years
- Personal Injury - 4 years
- Wrongful Death - 2 years
- Product Liability - 2 years
- Legal Malpractice - 4 years
- Contract violation (in writing) - 6 years
- Contract violation (oral or not in writing) - 4 years
- Fraud - 3 years
- Property Damage - 3 years
- Libel - 1 year
- Slander - 1 year
Be sure to speak with our personal injury and auto accident attorneys as soon as you are able to get the legal help that you need.
Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases
The following statutes of limitations apply for criminal offenses:
- Capital Murder - No statute of limitations
- Murder - No statute of limitations
- Voluntary Manslaughter - No statute of limitations
- Rape - No statute of limitations
- Kidnapping - No statute of limitations or 4 years
- Assault - 2 years
- Arson - 2 or 4 years
- Robbery - 4 years
- Burglary - 4 years
- Disorderly Conduct - 1 or 2 years
- Receiving Stolen Property - 2 or 4 years
- Theft - 2 or 4 years
Note that there are criminal actions with multiple timeframes. These are based on the circumstances of your case.
Take Action So That We Can Work for You
Even though you may have a few years to initiate litigation, it is of the utmost importance that you seek legal action as soon as possible. By doing this, you can hold those responsible for their actions and achieve peace of mind. Our legal team will fight diligently on your behalf.
Learn More About Your Legal Rights
For more information on all of your legal rights and how we can help you in court, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City medical negligence attorneys today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve justice.
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