Is there a time limit to file a defamation of character lawsuit in the state of North Carolina?
Yes, there is a time limit to such a suit. This time period is referred to as "the statute of limitations". This limitation period is a law which places a time limit on pursuing a legal remedy in relation to wrongful conduct. After the expiration of the statutory period, unless a legal exception applies, the injured person loses the right to file a lawsuit. In NC the statutory period within which to bring a claim for defamation is 1 year and is said to start running at the time a claim "accrues". Ordinarily, that is the time at which an injury is suffered. However, a minor is allowed to file suit within three years of his or her eighteenth birthday. Please note that it may be possible to bring multiple causes of action from a single incident of wrongful conduct, and thus even if it appears that the relevant statute of limitations has run it may remain possible to bring a different claim. It is a very good idea for somebody who is concerned about losing their right to sue as a result of the expiration of the statutory limitations period to consult with a qualified lawyer who can help determine which statute applies and help preserve the right to recover damages. If you need help in finding one in your area trywww.AttorneyPages.com.