Personal injuries happen every day for it is not uncommon for a person to be involved in an accident. Often, accidents occur as people slip and fall, are involved in a car accident, or have been injured by a defective product. Injuries like this happen every day and it is very important to never make assumptions in regards to the incident. Never assume that you have not received major injuries and never assume that you have an infinite time to file a lawsuit.
Make No Assumptions by:
Always Meeting with a Physician
Any time one is involved in an accident, it is very important to get evaluated by a doctor. Many people like to believe that they are tough and the incident did not injure them. For example, quite a few people who are involved in minor auto accidents never get evaluated by a doctor or, exchange insurance information with the other accident victim This is a major mistake because you never know when you may have, or are currently suffering from internal injuries. It is recommended that accident victims seek medical treatment even if they are not experiencing symptoms because sometimes if the victim suffered brain, neck or back damages, the symptoms are not immediately felt. Failure to detect injuries in a timely manner can be extremely dangerous to your health and can eliminate the possibility of receiving financial compensation in the future. It is critical that every accident victim visit a physician to assess bodily damages caused by the incident.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations
The victim of an accident does not have an infinite amount of time to file a lawsuit. There is a statute of limitations in every state to file a lawsuit. Because the statute of limitations is different in every state, it is important to seek attorney services from an accident lawyer in your state. Generally, most states have a rule that you only have two years to file a lawsuit.
Knowing the Statute of Limitations for Your State
In New Jersey, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Any action filed after the two years will be barred unless there is an exception. For example, if somebody under the age of eighteen is injured, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until he or she turns eighteen. This means that if a ten year old is injured in an accident, he or she has ten years to file the lawsuit.
Contacting a Legal Professional
It is very important that anybody who is injured in an accident consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It is critical that the victim get evaluated as soon as possible to preserve evidence to calculate damages. It is also important that the case get filed before the statute of limitations runs out. Failure to file in time will bar the victim from recovering valuable compensation he or she rightfully deserves.
This article was written by author Sarah Smith and provided on behalf of Accident Lawyers in South Jersey from Drinkwater & Goldstein LLP.