Fortunately for the majority of people, being injured in an accident isn’t a common occurence. This is why most people aren’t quite sure of what steps to take in filing a personal injury claim. Here are a few frequently asked questions about steps to take in a personal injury claim.
I was hurt in an accident. What should I do first?
The first thing that you should always do after being injured in an accident to look after your health. However, if you have already done this, then there are a number of steps that you can take that will help preserve your right to file a claim for your personal injuries.
How long do I have to notify a person that I am filing a claim for my personal injury?
If you are planning on filing suit against an individual or some other entity that is not the government or a government agency, there is not set time limit in which you have to notify that person of your intention to file a lawsuit. However, this does not mean that you should take your time with the matter. By acting quickly and efficiently, you will probably increase your chances of resolving your claim faster than if you delay.
Unlike filing a claim against an individual or a company, if you need to file a claim against the government or a government agency or employee, you have a limited amount of time in which you must file a claim. Depending upon your type of case and the state you live in, this time period usually ranges between 30 days and one year.
Is there a time limit in which I have to file my lawsuit to be compensated for my injuries?
Yes. Settling a personal injury claim can be time consuming, and if you fail to file your claim in a timely manner, you may be completely out of luck in collecting any sort of compensation. States have different “statutes of limitations” that give the maximum time you have to bring certain types of lawsuits. If this time period passes you up, you may be barred from ever bringing suit to recover for your injuries.
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If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another person or entity, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attornies.