Jones&Hill June 2017

The Clock Is Ticking Is It Too Late for You to Sue?

The legal system is a rigid world of rules and deadlines. If you have a lawsuit you need to file, it’s important to move forward on that as soon as possible — put it off or putter around, and it may be too late by the time you get around to it. How long do you have to file your lawsuit? There isn’t a one-size-fits- all answer. However, in the state of Louisiana, we can tell you that the statute of limitations for injury cases is one year — one of the lowest periods of time in the country. The same goes for property damage. The clock on the statutes of limitations starts ticking as soon as the plaintiff discovers any harm done, which could be from the date it took place or months later. It depends on your circumstances. This is where it gets tricky, but here’s an example to help: Let’s say, on January 1, a doctor performs an operation to remove your gall bladder, but they remove your spleen by mistake. If you suffer no unusual effects until July 1, when a doctor’s visit reveals the wrong surgical act was performed, the statute of limitations for suing that doctor begins on July 1. But if the complications happened right away, the year clock starts ticking on January 1.

Many people we work with don’t run into this issue because they’re depending on the lawsuit for relief — of course, they’re acting

now. But we’ve had other cases where they take too long, and when statutes of limitations kick in, there’s not much we can do. So is it too late for you to sue? We can help you determine that. Call us at 888-481-1333 to talk about your case. Just remember — act quickly. The clock is ticking.


Summer Crab Roll


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8 ounces fresh or canned crabmeat

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 2 soft rolls, split down the center like hot dog buns Green leaf lettuce leaves (for serving)

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Freshly ground white pepper


1. Mix crab and mayonnaise in a small bowl and season with salt. 2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. 3. Butter opening of buns and cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side. 4. Place a large leaf of lettuce in each bun. 5. Add crabmeat mixture and season with pepper. 6. Enjoy!

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