Yes. Every state has a certain time limit, called a “statute of limitations,” that governs the period during which you must file a personal injury lawsuit with the court. In some states, for example, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit for injuries from an automobile accident. If you miss the deadline for filing the case, you will be barred from ever bringing the lawsuit in court. Statutes of limitation differ not only from state to state, but also in regard to the kinds of lawsuits involved. In some states the statutes of limitations for medical malpractice, suits against governmental agencies, and wrongful death actions is shorter than that of other types of personal injury cases. In general, however, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from one to three years, and the time begins from the time of the accident. There are some exceptions and an experienced lawyer can help you with them.
Injuries cost money, including time away from work, medical bills, and other complications. Before taking legal action or trying to negotiate a settlement on your own, you should talk to an attorney about your case. You can search LawInfo’s legal directory to find a local car accident attorney to discuss the merits of your case. This one step can level the playing field, help you protect your rights, and put you in the best position for recovering the compensation that you deserve.
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