Limitation periods and notice periods for tort claims
Notice periods and limitation periods are two types of time limits that apply to injury claims, including tort claims.
A notice period is a deadline by which the claimant must send a letter giving notice of an intention to make a particular claim. A limitation period is a deadline by which a court action must be started. Failing to commence a court action before a limitation period is generally prevents any claim being made.
It is critically important to comply with all notice and limitation periods as failure to do so may result in the right to claim being lost entirely. Generally, it is no excuse for missing a notice or limitation period for the claimant to say that he or she did not know of the notice or limitation period.
This part of the website provides information on notice and limitation periods for tort claims; see other parts of the website for information on notice and limitation periods that apply to other types of claims.
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