The time limit within which a lawsuit must be brought is called a statute of limitation. That time period varies from state to state and depending upon the nature of the case. There may also be specific notice requirements when dealing with certain governmental entities as potential defendants. If a lawsuit is not filed within the proper time limit that applies to the case, the right to sue and recover damages is forever lost.
There are a couple of exceptions to the time limits that would normally apply to an injury claim. Measuring the statute of limitations for a particular situation can be a complex issue. For instance, under the discovery rule, the time begins to run from when the person who is injured knew, or by the exercise of reasonable diligence should have known, that he or she was injured. The discovery rule is commonly applied in cases involving exposure to toxic substances and in some medical malpractice cases. In such cases, an injured victim may not know of his or her injuries until after the time limits had already expired.
Another exception applies to children. Typically, the time does not begin to run for an injury until the child reaches 18 years of age. These special rules may also apply to people who are mentally impaired or who leave the state for particular kinds of reasons such as for military service.
What You Need To Know:
Insurance companies’ obligations are to their stockholders and policy holders, not to the people injured by their insured’s negligence. Insurance companies’ desire to maximize their own profits provides them with every motivation to try to deny your claim or pay you the very minimum amount that they can get away with. The insurance companies also have enormous advantages: they have immense wealth, armies of experienced adjusters and lawyers and years of experience reducing and denying claims.
At the Law Office of Stephen A. Burroughs, our only obligation is to you, our client. We will use our experience and every resource available to protect your interests, and we will work hard to help you receive the full value for your case. We will advise you every step of the way to help you avoid any mistakes that could cost you money. There is no charge for attorney’s fees until you recover money for your personal injuries, and we will also help you resolve your property damage claims for no fee whatsoever. For assistance, call today at 1-877-300-3773, contact us or submit an free online case evaluation.