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If you've been injured or your rights have been violated contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine your right to bring a lawsuit. Even if the statute of limitations hasn't run out yet, unreasonable delay in commencing a law suit may harm your legal rights. That’s because there's a concept in law called laches which means that if you delay in asserting your legal rights without a good reason the defendant can claim that it wouldn't be fair to award you damages or other relief because you waited too long. The reasoning is that, as time goes by, things change. Life goes on, and the less fair it is to hold the defendant accountable for a prior wrong. Laches is an equitable defense which means the court has to decide what's fair rather than which side is legally right. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, depending on the case. For more information about how to actively pursue your legal rights by all means don't delay, contact an attorney in your area today.