Connecticut Statute of Limitations for Injury Claims

May 14th, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Connecticut statute of limitations, train crash, Westport Catastrophic Injury LawyerOn May 17, 2013, at 6:10 p.m., a commuter train that had departed from Grand Central Station, and was heading for New Haven, derailed in the Bridgeport area. As the train derailed off the tracks, it smashed into another commuter train that was heading in the opposite direction. There were approximately 250 passengers in each of the trains. Over 70 people were injured, several of them critically injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) later determined that the cause of the accident was an “undetected broken pair of compromise joint bars” on the track due to the following:

  • There was a lack of regular maintenance program to the tracks. This lack of maintenance program meant no priority of inspections to equipment in order to ensure needed repairs performed right away;
  • There were no federal regulations in place which required heavily traveled commuter rail companies to perform mandatory inspections; and
  • The railroad company made the decision to postpone any regular track maintenance and repairs.

For each victim who was injured in the train crash, the statute of limitations is quickly approaching to file claims against those parties who were determined responsible for the crash. A statue of limitation is the amount of time the law allows victims to pursue legal options against those responsible for those injuries.

In Connecticut, state law says that a victim can only bring forth a claim within two years of the date of the incident which caused the injury. This applies to cases where an incident was caused by “negligence or wanton misconduct.” The statute also applies to injuries which arise through medical malpractice cases.

Another Connecticut law addresses the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims. Just like personal injury lawsuits, claims need to be filed within two years of the victim’s death.

Consult with a Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney Today

The law does make some exceptions to these two year statutes, and a skilled attorney will be well-versed on those exceptions. If you or a loved one has been injured in catastrophic accident, contact an experienced Westport personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

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