Following a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, or even after suffering a workplace injury, there can be a lot of confusion about when and how filing a lawsuit is needed. So, when is the right time to file a claim or lawsuit to help with your injury and damages?
Generally, the answer to this question can vary, depending on the type of accident, injury, medical attention needed, etc. As always, first, be sure that your medical needs are attended to. No matter the size or severity of your injury, seeking medical help should always be the first step of action.
Following medical attention and documentation, there are various timelines on when to file a lawsuit. In a car accident between two parties, for example, the individual will have two years from the date of the loss to file a lawsuit against the person who caused your injury. However, if you were to get hit by a postal truck, the rules are different due to the Federal Tort Claims Act. Both the when and the who are different, so consult a personal injury attorney promptly after your accident.
For minors who are injured in accidents, the rules are a bit different. For a person under 18 injured in an accident, their statute is tolled. For example, if a minor was injured in an accident at 11 years old, that minor would have the legal right to file a lawsuit until two years after they turn 18 years of age.
In summary, when and how to file a personal injury lawsuit, and when to contact a local personal accident injury attorney is all dependent on the specific situation. If you’re not sure whether or not you need to be searching for a personal injury lawyer, contact Hurst Limontes LLC today to have your questions answered.