When you're researching different types of legal proceedings, you'll often run across references to statutes of limitation. For different types of crimes or injury, you only have so long to present your case before a court. If you go past those limited time frames, the rules change as far as you getting compensation. There are many different examples of types of court cases where you have to pay attention to statutes of limitation. There are maritime injuries. There are medical and health issues. There are cases of physical and emotional harm. And then there are time limits for building cases against former relationships. You need to know where to look to find these time limits, and you need to talk to lawyers to figure out how to present your cases within them.