What if I didn’t know that I was injured until later?
When you are in a car wreck, you will almost always know the date you were injured because, by their very nature, car wrecks are sudden and obvious events. But what happens when you are exposed to dangerous chemicals and the symptoms don’t show up until years later? Or what happens if a doctor leaves a foreign object in your body after surgery and you don’t discover it until years later? In these cases, courts will give you a reasonable time to file your lawsuit after you discovered that you have a claim for damages. There are at least two primary ways to keep the statute of limitations open when the injured person does not know they have a claim: (1) the Discovery Rule and (2) Fraudulent Concealment.