What to Know About the Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Claims

Most people don’t want to file a personal injury lawsuit unless they have to. If you experienced damages due to someone else’s negligence, you may find yourself debating over whether it’s worth exploring a lawsuit. You want to make sure that you do not waste your resources. In most cases, if you’re unsure about a lawsuit, a consultation with a personal injury lawyer can help you. However, you do want to make sure that you file a claim promptly because there is a time limit. The statute of limitations is the time limit that you have to file a personal injury claim.

Statute of Limitations Protects the Defendant and Plaintiff

The statute of limitations is protection to defendants and plaintiffs. You cannot have forever to file a claim against another person. If you wait too long to file a lawsuit, there may be minimal evidence left. This could potentially damage your case. For defendants, on the other hand, they mustn’t have to worry about a lawsuit claim forever. Most states require that you file a lawsuit between one and six years. Each state has its particular laws regarding the statute of limitations and so it’s crucial to understand the laws in your state. A personal injury lawyer can typically help you determine what the laws are where you live.

Sometimes Cases Determine the Statute of Limitations

Not only do some states have different statutes of limitations, but some states have different laws based on the type of case that you are filing a lawsuit claim for. For instance, if you are filing a personal injury claim because you fell on another person’s property, you may have two years in one state. In that same state, you may have three years if you incurred injuries during a car accident. It is best to have a lawyer to help talk you through the different types of personal injury law cases and how much time you have to file your lawsuit claim.It makes sense to think about your injury claim before you file a lawsuit. You want to make sure that you are not wasting the resources unreasonably. If you were injured and suffered significant damages at the hands of another person or because of someone’s negligence, then odds are you do have a case worth pursuing. Do not let the statute of limitations expire. Consult with a personal injury attorney from Essent Law as soon as possible to explore your options.