Statutes of Limitation

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury attorney Don Corson discussing how statutes of limitation work in a civil case and how acting quickly in such cases can make all the difference.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, how do statutes of limitations work?

DON: Joel, in every civil case there is a statute of limitations. That means if a product or service or some incident has caused harm, the injured person has a limited amount of time to protect their rights. If the statute of limitations runs out, the person will have no legal recourse. In Oregon personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is often two years for adults, but there are different rules for different situations.  Always ask a qualified attorney to be sure.

JOEL: What happens if a child is injured?

DON: When a child is injured the extent of their injuries may not be known for years. That is why children have much longer statutes of limitation than adults. But parents need to be careful, because a shorter period typically applies to the child’s medical bills.

JOEL: Thanks, Don. If you have a legal question or, visit The Law and You is a public service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.​

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