How Will The New Coronavirus Impact the Statute of Limitations in Washington D.C.?

If you are someone who has been wrongly injured in an accident, you may or may not require financial compensation to help you heal. Fortunately, you can take legal action against negligent parties to receive that compensation via a personal injury claim. However, all injured parties have a certain amount of time to take legal action, known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations in Washington D.C. for personal injury claims is, generally, three years, which gives people three years from the date of their accident to take legal action.

So, let’s say you are someone who has been injured in, say, a slip and fall accident, though you didn’t want to sue the party responsible and simply hoped to get better on your own, however, you are now nearing the three-year limit for filing a claim. In many cases, this is not a problem, as simply hiring an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney will put someone on your side who can present a convincing case on your behalf and work to win you the compensation you need. However, with the new coronavirus closing many courts, restaurants, and various other facilities, what happens if you are unable to take legal action and the statute of limitations expires? This is just one of the questions this pandemic presents, and unfortunately, we do not have a clear-cut answer yet. Our hope, of course, is that the statute of limitations will be extended due to the confusion caused by this pandemic, but we do not yet fully know. As soon as we do, we will bring this information to you. Until then, for any other questions, do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable firm today.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.