Can I run out of time to file a personal injury claim?

If you are wondering if you can run out of time while you’re trying to decide whether working with a personal injury attorney is the best thing to do, the short answer is: yes.

As attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP would explain to you during a free consultation about your potential case, every state has its own statute of limitations on personal injury cases. That means depending on where you were hurt, you may have more or less time than you would think to file a lawsuit.

It’s difficult to handle a personal injury issue on your own because it’s so easy to miss the details. Even the point where the clock begins to wind down on a personal injury case can be tricky; in some states, time begins to run out at the point of injury. In others, states allow for a “reasonable” amount of time for the injury to be discovered. That is, they give you time to figure out that you are hurt.

Just like with a criminal case, the purpose of a statute of limitations is to ensure that evidence is as recent as possible. Whether that evidence includes memories, a photograph, a witness account, etc., the goal is to get the details while they are fresh and therefore more likely to be accurate.

With a free, confidential consultation, Kirkendall Dwyer LLP personal injury attorneys can tell you how much time you have left on a claim and the best way to move forward. Their lawyers have extensive experience with various types of personal injuries that can result in lost wages, increased medical expenses and emotional and physical suffering. If you have any questions about how or if you should proceed with a claim, please call the Kirkendall Dwyer LLP law office at 877-503-1595

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