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MAINE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS

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How much time do you have to file your claim?? Actually, the answer varies. Generally speaking, the statute of limitations begins on the "date of harm," meaning the day that the accident, violation or omission occurred.? However, in cases other than medical negligence cases where the plaintiff is not aware that he or she has been harmed, the statute of limitations begins on the "date of discovery," of the injury.? Below is a rough guide to Maine's statutes of limitations.? Please remember that the statutes listed may or may not apply to your case.? To find out how the law applies to you, please contact an attorney at Smith, Elliott, Smith & Garmey for a free consultation.?

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How long do you have to file your claim? : Maine Statutes at a glance?

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SIX YEARS: The general statue of limitation is for six years.? For example, suits involving auto accidents and injuries caused by defective products both have six year limitations unless the plaintiff dies, in which case the statute is two years after the decedent's death.??

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NO LIMIT:? Actions for sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16 may be commenced at any time after the action occurs.

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THREE YEARS: Actions for injury or death against health care providers and heath care practitioners.? Actions for injury or death against health care providers and practitioners by minors must be brought within six years after the cause of action accrues or within three years after the mionr reaches the age of majority, whichever occurs first.

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TWO YEARS:

  • Suits for wrongful death that occurred for reasons other than medical malpractice
  • Claims against the government or its employees. Notice of claim must be filed within 180 days.?
  • ?Suits for injuries resulting from assault, battery or false imprisonment.
  • ?Suits for libel and slander.
  • Suits?against ski resorts for injuries resulting from skiing accidents.
  • ?Actions brought against an individual who served alcohol for damages caused by?intoxicated individuals Notice of claim, however, must be given within 180 days.?

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NINE MONTHS: All claims against a decedent's estate which arose before his/her death are barred unless presented within nine months after the death occurred or four months after the claim arose.?

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Portland, Maine
Saco, Maine
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