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Is there a time limit on bringing a slip and fall injury suit?

If you've ever been to a basketball game of any kind in Connecticut you probably have noticed that the maintenance people pay a lot of attention to making sure the court is kept clean and dry.

There's good reason. Basketball is much more of a contact sport than many people think. The chances of a player being hurt during the game are good to begin with and the operators of sports facilities want to prevent serious injuries due to hazardous conditions.

One of the things that is important to keep in mind if you are the victim of any slip and fall accident is that there is a time limit for seeking compensation for the damages you endure. Those could include any medical costs that you paid for out of pocket. It might also include loss of wages due to time you had to take away from work or surgery that might be needed down the road.

Sometimes you just can't know how long you will be laid up after such an accident. But waiting to act could lead to problems in terms of financial recovery.

These statutes of limitations vary from state to state. For example, in Connecticut, a premises liability claim generally must be made within two years of the injury or from when it was discovered. That might be extended to three years in some circumstances.

Some injuries might not seem to warrant making a big deal of things. Maybe you just twisted your knee or ankle. But even something so seemingly minor can lead to big costs. Maybe insurance will cover them. Maybe it won't. If you were hurt because of someone else's negligence shouldn't they be held accountable?

Expanding on the scenario used at the start of this blog, maybe you were hurt when you slipped and fell in the men's room of a basketball arena. Maybe the floor around the sinks was wet because maintenance hadn't bothered to refill towel dispensers and previous users shook their hands dry.

That wet floor situation wouldn't be allowed for players on the court. Fans have a right to expect the same level of consideration for their well-being, too.

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