What's the Statute of Limitations on a Personal Injury Claim?

Serving Greater Vancouver and Nearby Areas of British Columbia

In our years helping clients pursue Vancouver personal injury claims, the lawyers at Stephens & Holman have learned that it is important to see a lawyer as soon after your injury as possible. The British Columbia Limitation Act requires that you file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the day on which you discover your injury, or the “discovery date.”

This means that your lawyers have a maximum of two years to build a case before filing it in court. The more time we have to prepare a case for you, the better.  So it’s a good idea to meet with a lawyer as soon after the discovery date as possible.

The discovery date is defined as the point when reasonable people would have known:

  • That they had been injured.
  • That their injury was caused by another party’s actions or negligence.
  • The identity of the party whose actions or negligence caused their injury.
  • That a lawsuit was an appropriate way to seek compensation for their injury.

As you can tell, these definitions can make the actual discovery date a little uncertain in some cases. And exceptions to the normal statute of limitations exist which a lawyer may be able to use in cases of injuries that happened more than two years ago.

The point is, don’t give up on a lawsuit just because it seems to be beyond the statute of limitations. Visit the personal injury lawyers at Stephens & Holman, and we’ll give you advice on your legal case for free in the first meeting. Contact us through this website or at 604-730-4120. We serve clients in Vancouver, Surrey, and throughout British Columbia.