What is a statute of limitations?
Every province in Canada has a law (statute) that sets time limits for how long a plaintiff has to file an injury claim with appropriate insurance companies and in court. This type of legislation is generally referred to as a statute of limitations, although it goes by a different name in various Canadian provinces. In Nova Scotia it is called the Limitation of Actions Act, and it’s important for everyone to understand how this plays a factor within every injury case and insurance claim
In September of 2015, the legislature significantly changed Nova Scotia’s Limitation of Actions Act. The changes significantly reduced the amount of time that plaintiffs have to file various injury claims. You can read more about it here.
The changes to the statute of limitations, in particular the shortened limitation periods, raised the potential that injury claims that wouldn’t have been barred under the litigation process standards within the old act to potentially run out of time under the new Limitation of Actions Act.