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. In most cases, this wait does not help their case, as many types of accidents fall under a specific statute of limitations.
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
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. Waiting long periods of time for you to act will greatly limit the potential for earnings and your case might not be as strong.
The specific time limitation depends on the type of injury and the circumstances of the incident. In general, a lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of the accident. Under some circumstances, however, the time is shorter.
For example, if you believe a governmental entity is responsible for the accident, you must file a claim within two years of the injury. There are other time limitations if, for instance, you need to sue a doctor for medical malpractice.
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.
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.