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08 Jan

Ohio’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

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What You Need to Know

Understanding the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Ohio is crucial for anyone considering legal action following an injury. This comprehensive guide offers in-depth insights into the time limits set by Ohio law for filing a personal injury claim and underscores the importance of taking timely action

The Concept of Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be initiated. In the context of personal injury, this time frame is critical as it dictates the period within which you must file a claim following an injury.

Why Timely Filing is Critical
Preservation of Evidence: Over time, evidence may become less reliable. Prompt filing ensures that evidence is preserved and witnesses’ memories are fresh.
Fairness to Defendants: This time limit also ensures fairness by preventing the indefinite threat of a lawsuit.
Efficiency in the Legal System: Statutes of limitations help maintain efficiency by encouraging the prompt resolution of disputes.

Ohio’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
In Ohio, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury. This means that you must file a lawsuit within two years or risk losing your right to seek compensation.

Exceptions and Special Circumstances
Minors: The statute of limitations may be extended if the injured party is a minor.
Discovery Rule: In some cases, the statute might begin when the injury is discovered, rather than when it occurred.
Medical Malpractice: Different rules may apply in cases of medical malpractice, often depending on when the malpractice was discovered.

The Importance of Understanding Time Limits
Failing to file within the statute of limitations typically results in the permanent loss of your right to bring a claim. Understanding these time limits is essential to protect your rights.

How an Attorney Can Help
A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can provide critical guidance on the statute of limitations and ensure that all deadlines are met. They can also:

Evaluate Your Case: Determine the applicability of any exceptions to your case.
Gather and Preserve Evidence: Collecting evidence quickly to support your claim.
Navigate the Legal Process: Managing all aspects of the legal process to ensure timely and effective action.

Selph Law: Expertise in Ohio Personal Injury Claims
At Selph Law, we specialize in Ohio personal injury claims and have a deep understanding of the state’s statute of limitations. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive legal support, ensuring that your claim is filed within the appropriate time frame.


The statute of limitations is a fundamental aspect of personal injury claims in Ohio. Understanding this time frame and its implications is crucial for anyone seeking legal redress for an injury. With the expertise of Selph Law, you can navigate these legal waters confidently, ensuring that your rights are protected and your claim is filed timely.

For expert legal assistance in personal injury claims and navigating Ohio’s statute of limitations, visit Selph Law.

This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. The specifics of each personal injury case can vary, and it is advisable to consult with a qualified attorney for advice on your individual circumstances.

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