Can I sue a former employer for injuries suffered years ago?

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Can I sue a former employer for injuries suffered years ago?

I worked for a major employer about 25 years ago. My job made me pull heavy carts all day long and now for the last 8 years or so I’m having knee pain. Enough pain to where I can’t

stand up all day to do a job because of the pain. The carts I pulled were not powered and I was the young buck so I got all the heavy loads. Just wondering if I have any grounds to sue my former employer.

Asked on April 30, 2016 under Personal Injury, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, you can't sue: in your state, the "statute of limitations" or time within which you must sue, for a personal injury like this is only three years, with the clock starting from when you were injured. Sometimes, the courts will let you start the clock from when you discovered the injury, if for some reason, it could not be discovered earlier. But whether it's 25 years (when your worked for them) or eight years (when you discovered the knee pain), too much time has passed for a lawsuit: once the statute of limitations has expired, you may no longer take legal action.


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