The clock starts ticking the moment you suffer an injury in an accident. There’s a strict cutoff—a “statute of limitations”—for how long you have to pursue compensation in Ohio. Miss that deadline, and your options vanish.
In Ohio, this statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury—during this two-year period, you may require lengthy medical treatment.
When you’re focused on healing, legal deadlines feel abstract and far off. But as personal injury attorneys, we can tell you from experience that if you’re not careful, they can sneak up on you.
Here’s what you need to know about the personal injury statute of limitations in Ohio and how it affects your injury claim.
In the state of Ohio, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases stands at two years. This means that a victim has exactly two years from the date of the injury or from the date when the injury was discovered (or should have been discovered) to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for causing the harm.
Failing to file a lawsuit within this two-year window typically means that the court will refuse to hear the case at all, barring some exceptions. These exceptions might apply if the victim was a minor at the time of the injury or mentally incapacitated in such a way that they could not legally file a lawsuit.
Section 2305.10 of the Ohio Revised Code governs the statute of limitations for personal injury cases. The statute says:
(A) Except as provided in division (C) or (E) of this section, an action based on a product liability claim and an action for bodily injury or injuring personal property shall be brought within two years after the cause of action accrues. Except as provided in divisions (B)(1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) of this section, a cause of action accrues under this division when the injury or loss to person or property occurs.
This time limit applies to most personal injury cases, including:
However, the statute goes on to outline exceptions for cases involving sex abuse victims, toxin exposure, certain types of injuries, and product liability claims.
Trying to figure all this out on your own can be super confusing and overwhelming. Having an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney guide you can make all the difference in your case.
An attorney, well-versed in Ohio law, can interpret the language of Section 2305.10, apply it to your case, and help determine the exact date when your cause of action accrued. This date is crucial as it sets the countdown for your two-year filing period.
If the injury is a result of medical negligence, the statute of limitations is only one year under Section 2305.113. These laws have their own set of exceptions and should be discussed with an attorney. Notably, there is a Statute of Repose that may extend the Statute of Limitations in these cases up to 4 years after the injury occurred. Again, there are exceptions.
In wrongful death claims, the two-year limit commences from the date of death, not the date of injury that led to the death.
Ohio law allows exceptions to the statute of limitations in certain cases.
Let’s examine each of these in detail:
Our personal injury attorneys at The Jones Firm play a critical role in understanding these nuances. We assist in identifying whether any of these exceptions apply to your case and promptly filing claims to ensure your case isn’t derailed by statute of limitations issues.
Consulting an attorney is key to not missing your window to recover damages. Our legal team offers both compassion and experience during this challenging period.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury, contact us immediately with any questions you have. We can assess your situation and start building your strongest case right away while the evidence is still fresh. An initial call or meeting costs nothing.
Let our lawyers handle the leg work so you can focus on healing, knowing your rights are protected. Don’t lose out simply because a strict filing deadline passes. Call our office today so we can help guide you through this process, step-by-step. Timeliness is critical, so make that call now.