Does a Personal Injury Case Need to be Filed By a Certain Time?

Whether you’ve been in a car accident, had a slip and fall or were injured by a defective product, you have grounds for a personal injury case.  However one of the biggest mistakes people do is wait too long to file their case, which can make them miss out on badly needed compensation. Here’s what you should do to make sure you file your case on time if you’ve been injured.


Check your state’s statue of limitations


In the US, it’s common for most states to require a personal injury case be filed within a reasonable amount of time after the date of the injury. This is to avoid claimants who are not legitimate and to make sure that as much facts as possible are available. If you’ve been injured, either seek out the advice of a personal injury attorney or investigate your own state’s statue of limitations, which is the term that’s used to describe the amount of time personal lawsuits need be filed, as they greatly vary from state to state.  If you feel rushed, don’t worry because you can always withdrawal your lawsuit at a later time, you just can’t bring a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, so it’s always better to file early than not and all.


When do they begin, and can they be extended?


After finding out your state’s statue of limitations, you’ll next need to understand when the statute of limitations begins in your state. In most states, the statute of limitations begins the dates the incident occurs, or the date you knew you suffered personal injuries from the accident.  It’s also a good idea to find out if your state has ever extended the statute of limitations under certain circumstances.  This can be good to know in case your case isn’t able to get to court before the statute of limitations expire.


So many people have lost out on money they deserve simply because they didn’t consult a personal injury lawyer soon enough.  Don’t let this happen to you, and always make sure you know your state’s statute of limitations.