Yes, Rhode Island and others states allow certain amounts of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This window of time is referred to as the statute of limitations. The amount of time you have to file a personal injury case depends on the type of injury, the age of the victim and the state where the incident occurred. For example, for personal injuries caused by a car accident in Rhode Island, you have three years to file a lawsuit. There are some exceptions allowing a longer period of time if the injury was not known at the time of the accident and was discovered later. It’s important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Investigations take time, and the quicker you talk to an attorney, the better.