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As legal systems differ slightly from state to state, the laws governing personal injury vary as well. There is a difference in the amount of time you have to file a claim, known as the "statute of limitations". This can be from as short as one year in Kentucky and Tennessee to as long as six years in Maine and North Dakota. Interestingly, even though there are these time limits on filing personal injury lawsuits, in most states the amount of time you have to claim personal injury starts when you learned you were harmed. For instance, if you learned you had cancer from benzene exposure eight years ago, you could still file a claim against the company that exposed you. The claim is still valid because you just found out recently that the benzene caused cancer.