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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accdient you will need experienced representation to make sure you recived that you get the compensation you need due to someoene elses negligence.  

You will have many questions and I will explain a little about the statute of limitations below so that you can prepare yourself. Nothing in this article is meant to be legal advice as to your specific questions get legal advice as soon as possible. 

 

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM FOR PERSONAL INJURY AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

In a car accident personal injury lawsuits you have two years in which to bring your lawsuit.  after which your claim will be barred from being brough to court.  The statute of limitations for property damage resulting from a car accident is three years from the date of the accident.  If you were involved in a car accident with a governmental agency. 

HOW LONG IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY, LOCAL OR FEDERAL,? THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IS SIX MONTHS

From when the motor vehicle accident occurred, if the governmental entitly denies the claim, which is often the case, you will have six months from the date of denial to file the lawsuit for personal injury claim against the governmental agency responsible example of governmental entitly defendants ae city police departments, state highway patrols, munipal trash trucks, public houses, common carriers and other motor vehicles owned by a governmetal entity or opeated by a governmental employee who may have casused you injury in car crash.  

If a family member was killed in car accident then you may have the right to pursue wrongful death claim agains the representative party.  A representative of the survivors who suffer damages resulting from the victim's death can file a wrongful death suit agains the responsible party.  The same statute of limitations also applies to wrongful death suits caused by an automobile accident.   Some governmental entities are immune from wrongful death suits, so it is important to have a car accident attorney experienced in wrongful death claims to handle your case.  

Just because you can file a lawsuit immediately following your auto accident does not mean that you should.  Recovery from serious inuries can take a long time and further treatment may be required if treatment is not successful.  Consequently, you and your treating medial providers should hava firm treatment plan in place before setting youre claim.  An experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer can work with medical providers to ascertain the amount of care in the future in order to quantify your damages claim.  Too often do victims of car accidents require further treatment, but settled their claim in haste.  resulting in out of pocket expenses that can quickly add up.  

On the flip side waiting until the waiting until the last possible moment to file a lawsuit meetng all of the proper legal requirements and the statute of limitations may expire. And your claims become worthless at that time.   At that time you will be responsible for your future and past loss out of pocket with no reimbursements from anyone.  Whereas if you filed your suit on time than the wrongful driver will be responsible for your costs both present damages and future damages.  

If you or somoene you love was injured in a car accdident fell free to contact Gerald Schwab at 559441-1418 we can set up a free case evaluation and discuss your legal options and ability to protect you and your family.  We have helped many hundreds of people before and we can help you get through this.  

 

 

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