Case Summary: Turner v. Staker & Parsons Companies
Posted on Sep. 6, 2012

Many people are aware that in the law there are limitations on when a lawsuit can be filed.  But, how much time is allowed varies from circumstance to circumstance and from place to place.          

For example, Kent Turner was injured in a car accident on July 17, 2006. His accident occurred in a construction zone where Staker Parsons was working.  Turner and his attorney felt that Staker had not provided appropriate safety measures to prevent such accidents in the area, and so they brought suit on nearly four years later, on July 13, 2010. 

However, before being able to address the issue of liability, the Utah Supreme Court had to consider whether or not Turner had waited too long to sue. Staker Parsons had argued that a two year statute of limitations for providers of construction-related services applied.  The Supreme Court, however, ruled that an exception to that ruled applied and permitted Turner’s claims to proceed. 

As this case demonstrates, the answer is not always obvious.  If you are considering suing, we recommend that you do not delay in consulting with an experienced attorney, such as the Jones Waldo team.

Turner v. Staker & Parsons Companies, 2012 Utah Supreme Court

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kathleenAttorney Kathleen McDonald

Kathleen is a shareholder at Jones Waldo.  She specializes in litigation with a particular emphasis on appeals and commercial litigation.  Kathleen has written or argued appeals in the Tenth Circuit, the Utah Court of Appeals, and the Utah Supreme Court.  Kathleen specializes in construction, environmental, civil rights, and commercial litigation.

Kathleen received her law degree with honors from the University of Arizona in 2004.  She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College.  Kathleen has unusually well-rounded legal experience; in law school, Kathleen clerked with an in-house corporate attorney and worked in government.  She also clerked at the Utah Court of Appeals.  

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