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Tuesday, Jun. 10th 2014

Statute of Limitations (“SOL”) – Personal Injury

Both Missouri and Kansas have deadlines by which personal injury claims must be asserted. The general Statute of Limitations (“SOL”) in Missouri is five (5) years from the date of the accident or the date when the plaintiff’s injuries and damages were reasonably ascertainable. The SOL for personal injury claims in Kansas is much shorter; it is only two (2) years from the date of the accident unless the fact of injury was not reasonably ascertainable until sometime after the initial act. In the case of a car accident, the SOL should be considered to begin on the date of the car wreck. The SOL in both states can be extended in limited circumstances, like when the injured person is a minor, is mentally incapacitated, or imprisoned. It is vitally important that an injured person consult with a lawyer as soon as practicable regarding any applicable limitations period.

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