The statute of limitations imposes a strict boundary on the amount of time available to injury victims in which they can file suit.

In civil law systems, the statute of limitations is known as a prescriptive period. Most injury claims must be filed within 2 years of the accident’s occurrence. In Iowa, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims requires that they be filed within two years of the death and, like personal injury, the case does not officially begin until a complaint is filed with the court.

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