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Understanding the Ohio Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury

Updated: August 19, 2021
Nicholas G. Gounaris
By Nicholas G. Gounaris

Nicholas G. Gounaris is a skilled trial lawyer and founding partner of Gounaris Abboud law firm. He provides clients of the firm with competent legal representation and focuses his law practice in the areas of DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Family Law Issues, Federal Criminal Law and Personal Injury cases.

Statute of Limitations Personal Injury

Under the statute of limitations for Ohio personal injury claims, you have a limited time to file a lawsuit in civil court.

If you miss the statutory deadline, you could lose your legal right to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 states that all lawsuits based on bodily injury, product liability, or damaged personal property must be brought within two years from the date the cause of action accrues.

Ohio’s laws impose slightly different time constraints for certain types of personal injury claims.

Talking to an Ohio personal injury lawyer is the best way to ensure you don’t miss out on any critical deadlines. An attorney can protect your legal rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.


What Is the Ohio Personal Injury Statute of Limitations?

The Ohio statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years in most cases. This time period applies to cases such as:

The two-year time constriction also applies to wrongful death claims in most cases. The statute starts running from the day the at-fault party’s negligence caused your injuries. However, Ohio law does recognize some exceptions to this deadline.


Exceptions to the Ohio Negligence Statute of Limitations

Under the statute of limitations, Ohio personal injury victims may have a longer period to take legal action under certain circumstances.

Premises Liability

If you sustained injuries due to a design or construction defect at someone’s home or business, you must file your claim within two years of your injury. However, an Ohio statute of repose precludes people from bringing these claims more than ten years after the construction was completed.

For example, if you suffer injury because of a latent (hidden) construction defect in your home, you can file a lawsuit up to ten years after the home was built, as long as you file within two years of sustaining an injury. But if your injury occurs more than ten years after construction was completed, you cannot pursue a claim no matter how quickly you file a lawsuit.

Talk to an Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer to Protect Your Rights

To ensure you comply with the Ohio statute of limitations, personal injury lawyers advise accident victims to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.

Assisting clients in Dayton and throughout Ohio, Gounaris Abboud, LPA, provides exceptional service. With more than 50 years of collective experience, we are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

For a free consultation and case analysis, call us now at 937-222-1515. Or to learn more about the Ohio statute of limitations for personal injury cases, contact us today.

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