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Is There a Time-Frame in Which You Can Sue After a Car Accident?

 

Is There a Time-Frame in Which You Can Sue After a Car Accident?

Car accidents are a terrible experience to go through. They can cause a huge amount of mental and physical damage, sometimes even life-changing or life to end injuries. Of course, life is always going to be full of twists and turns but when our lives are turned upside down by the negligence of another human being it stings a little more than usual. This is sometimes what happens with car accidents. Sometimes there is an individual who has specific blame for causing the accident. In these cases, you can actually sue this individual for compensation relating to the crash.

Why Sue?

The reason to sue is simply to get compensation for the accident. This compensation will come in the form of cash. It’s true that money can’t replace a loved one or reverse the trauma a person has already experienced, but it’s better than nothing at all. Factors such as surviving dependents or ongoing medical treatment are always taken into account in this type of case. Any such financial burdens will usually be covered by the damages awarded to you after the court case concludes.

Before you sue, the first thing you need to know is that you have a solid case. The best way to find this out is to contact a local car accident attorney and speak with them. They’re best qualified to judge the merits of your individual case and they can advise you on how to proceed from there and what your options are. They can also estimate your chances of success and even provide a ballpark figure for the compensation amount.

How Long Do You Have?

Every state has a statute of limitations. This is what limits the amount of time you have to claim after an accident occurs. It can differ by the situation and also varies state to state. For information in your own state, you’re best to contact a local law firm and can vary from 1-6 years. In Florida, the limit is generally around 4 years for personal injury. In the case of wrongful death, it would instead be limited to 2 years. There are some unusual circumstances where the usual limits don’t apply. For example, one of these situations is known as ‘discovery of harm’ and relates to injuries or problems which went unknown for a while after the accident, despite being caused by it.

When’s Best to Proceed?

Ideally, you won’t wait until the limit time is even close. It’s always best to get a claim started immediately. It’s understandable to need a few days or a week after your accident to recover and get everything back in order, but once you’re physically capable of dealing with the situation your mind should immediately be focused on legal action. This way you have the most evidence available and there’s a lot less to dispute. If you leave it too long, things like the extent of your injury or mental trauma can be disputed, and of course, there’s always human error which can lead to you losing receipts of proof of treatments and other expenses.

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