Deadline for filing a personal injury claim
Many victims of personal injury accidents wait a long period of time before they consult with an attorney. That’s due to a series of reasons, including fear their case might not be worth anything. But the reality is that most cases are. And unless you contact an attorney, you will never know.
Still, many victims end up taking a long time to find professional help. And when that happens, the wait does not help their case, as many types of accidents fall under a specific statute of limitations. That’s why any experienced attorney will tell you that acting fast is key.
A lawsuit must be filed before the applicable deadline (the “statute of limitations”) in personal injury claims, or you will be forever barred from taking legal action
What many victim of accidents and negligent parties do not know is that waiting to take action makes it more difficult for attorneys to get them justice. That’s why immediately consulting an attorney is vitally important, especially when you believe that your injury was caused by the negligence of another person.
In addition to guiding you through the statute of limitation expertly, a personal injury attorney in Seattle or another Washington city can also help you to get the medical attention you need right away. This will help you to recover properly and promptly, helping you to have a better chance of getting your life back on track.
Furthermore, waiting long periods of time for you to act will greatly limit the potential for earnings and your case might not be as strong.
While the specific time limitation depends on the type of injury and the circumstances of the incident, waiting is never a good plan. But generally speaking, a lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of the accident. Under some circumstances, however, the time is even shorter. Because there isn’t a one-size-fits- all approach, victims must stay alert and act fast.
For example, if you believe a governmental entity is responsible for an accident that left you injured and unable to perform your work, you must file a claim within two years of the injury. Keeping track of all evidence related to the incident and treatment afterwards is also essential. For other accidents, time limitations may chance. For instance, if you need to sue a doctor for medical malpractice, you must file your lawsuit within a different time frame.
If you wait until the statute of limitations is almost up, the attorney you retain may not have enough time to prepare your personal injury case. In this case, the attorney will not be able to help you as much, and you might not be able to get the compensation you deserve.
If you need the assistance of a qualified legal professional, please contact the Bernard Law Group at 800-418-8282 for an immediate free evaluation of your situation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will return all calls or emailed forms within 24 hours.