Statute of limitations (SOL) are the laws that set a specific period of time for bringing certain kinds of legal actions. SOLs vary from state to state and between types of claims. To ensure the possibility for recovery it is important to be aware of applicable SOLs and to allow your attorney sufficient time to bring your claim. If you have any questions you should contact an attorney.
The following are just some of the SOLs for actions in the State of Iowa:
|Type of Action||Time Limit||Iowa Code Section|
|Injury to Person or Reputation||2 years||614.1(2)|
|Property Damage||5 years||614.1(4)|
|Unwritten Contract||5 years||614.1(4)|
|Written Contract||10 years; (5 years for actions
founded on claims for rent)
|Judgment Quieting Title to
|Professional Malpractice||2 years after claimant knew or should
have known; maximum of 6 years
from date of occurrence
|Secured Interest in Farm
|2 years from date of sale||614.1(10)|
|Workers’ Compensation1,2||Generally, 2 years – but see below.||85.26|
1Iowa Code §85.26(1) provides a two-year statute of limitation from the date of occurrence of the injury. If weekly compensation benefits have been paid under §86.13, the limit is up to 3 years from the date of the last payment of weekly compensation benefits.
2Under Iowa Code §85.23, employees have 90 days to file notice of injury with the employer once injured. Iowa Code §86.11 states an employer shall file a report with the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner (and insurer) within four days after the employer obtains notice or knowledge of the claimed injury.
If you have any questions regarding Workers’ Compensation or any other statute of limitation please contact our firm and we will get you in touch with the appropriate attorney to handle your specific situation.