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Statutes of Limitations

Prescription Periods – Louisiana’s Statutes Of Limitations

A statute of limitation bars a claim if it is not judicially pursued within a set period of time. In Louisiana, statute of limitations is known as liberative prescription. Liberative prescription is defined as “mode of barring of actions as a result of inaction for a period of time”. Generally, Louisiana has a one-year prescriptive period for tort claims. However, some torts, have a longer time period.

Prescription may be renounced, interrupted or suspended. The discovery rule also may apply such that prescription does not begin to run until the victim discovers that she sustained damages caused by a specific at fault defendant.

Preemptive Periods – Louisiana’s Statues Of Repose

Statutes that bar a claim after the passage of a certain period of time following the wrongful conduct are called preemptive periods. These preemptive periods cannot be renounced, interrupted or suspended. Some specific preemptive periods apply to claims against health care providers, accountants, insurance agents, contractors and attorneys.

Other Important Legal Deadlines

There may be other important legal deadlines for certain types of cases.  Some of these legal deadlines are even less than a year.

If you have a claim for personal injuries or you need help or have any questions about your personal injury case, call me at 866-558-9151 or submit your inquiry online. Please be advised that you may be facing important legal deadlines so don’t delay.


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