The Statute of Limitations sets forth the maximum time after an event in which legal proceedings can be initiated. After the statute of limitations expires, unless a legal exception applies, the injured party loses the right to file a lawsuit. Don't wait until the time period for filing your claim expires to get compensation for your injuries.
Generally, the government is immune from tort liability when engaged in a governmental function (see When Can The Government Be Sued?). However, an exception to this general rule exists for injuries caused by improperly maintained public buildings.
In premises liability cases, the location of the plaintiff’s fall can drastically change the requirements that must be satisfied in order to bring a claim for damages. Take for example a fall as a result of a defective sidewalk. If the injury occurred on private property, the plaintiff generally has three years from the date of the accident to bring a negligence claim. If, however, the injury occurred on a public sidewalk, the injured party must provide notice to the proper governmental agency within 120 of the accident, or risk having their case dismissed.