The statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuits ranges from one year to six years, depending on the state.
What is a personal injury case?
A personal injury case is a legal discord that occurs when a person suffers harm from an accident or an injury due to someone else’s carelessness or intentional misconduct. A personal injury case is formalized in a civil court where fault is determined. The case can be resolved through an informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed or through formal lawsuits.
What evidence do I need before filing a personal injury lawsuit?
Before filing a personal injury lawsuit, you need evidence to prove liability and to prove the extent of your injuries. Evidence used to build a strong personal injury case, include:
Photographs of the accident scene
Photographs of accident injuries
Police reports of the accident and resulting injuries
Statements from eye witnesses
Proof of missed work
A journal of how you were affected by your injuries
What is common law?
“Fault” for causing an accident is either created by law or defined by common law. Common law recognizes four basic levels of fault: negligence, recklessness, intentional misconduct, and strict liability. Under common law, individuals who have caused a car accident have commited a “tort”, a private wrong against another. Those who have committed torts are referred to as “tortfeasors” under the law. Establishing fault becomes difficult in cases such as fender-benders or other routine accidents, as opposed to intentional or reckless misconduct such as drunk driving or texting while driving. In routine accidents, more than one motorist may be found at least partially liable. When this happens, state law dictates who must pay for damage to property and injuries to the involved parties.
Is there any time limit for filing a personal injury claim?
There are strict time limits for making a personal injury claim, also known as the statute of limitations. The period for filing a personal injury claim begins on the date of the incident. The time limit for filing personal injury lawsuits may range from one to six years depending on the type of incident. Failure to file within this time frame can prevent you from claiming your rightful compensation.
How Much is Your Case Worth?
At the beginning of a personal injury claim there are too many unknown factors to answer this question, such as:
The result of investigations
Which insurance company is on the other side
The amount of the defendant’s insurance coverage
The full extent of your physical injuries
The full extent of your lost wages and medical expenses
When we think an offer is fair we will advise you. If we believe you are not likely to get more money by going forward in your lawsuit we will recommend that you settle.
How Long will Your Case Take?
We do not control the length of the process, but we will not attempt to settle your case until we know the full extent of your injuries. Once your doctors have the results from the necessary tests and have advised you of the full extent of your injuries, we will try to settle your case.
Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always offer a fair settlement. When they do not, we will start a lawsuit on your behalf. If we do start a lawsuit, the time it takes to reach conclusion will depend upon the judge assigned to your case. However, we will take advantage of every opportunity to settle your case fairly, quickly and without a trial.
How can I afford to hire your firm?
Everyone can afford to hire our firm. At Jacoby & Meyers, we’re committed to providing quality and affordable legal representation to those in need. With us, you pay no fee to your attorney unless we have been successful in settling your case or obtaining a successful verdict.
Can I be compensated for my injury?
If your injury was a result of another person’s negligence, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Depending on the intent or negligence of a responsible party, you may be entitled to compensation from that party through a settlement or a judgment.
How long can i wait to file a case?
In motor vehicle collision cases, there are time limitations that apply, not only to sue the appropriate party, but also to file for certain benefits that you’re entitled to, to pay for your medical expenses, to get mileage, and to get other benefits that the law provides. If you don’t file on time, you wave those benefits. Call our law office immediately. Don’t wait.
How Will You Know the Status of Your Case?
You will be provided with the direct phone numbers and email addresses of your case manager and attorney and are free to call them at any time with questions.
We also offer Cyberfile, our case secure, web-based you management system. When sign up for email each Cyberfile you will be sent an your time track the progress file is updated and you can of your case any time day or night.
What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A personal injury can occur anywhere: in your car, at work, in the hospital, at a restaurant or simply walking down the street.
Personal injury lawsuits are intended to obtain compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The most common personal injury lawsuits involve car or truck collisions, work-related injuries, defective products and negligence or malpractice. The injuries resulting from these scenarios can severely impact a person’s future due to disabling head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, knee injury or paralysis, broken bones or chronic pain. Even dog bites can cause serious injury.