How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
In short, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, if you’ve been injured in an auto accident, on someone’s property, or been attacked by an animal, you should contact a lawyer immediately. You and your attorney need to create a plan so that you can successfully track any financial losses, medical problems, and emotional problems.
The same is true if you feel like someone might sue you. Preparation is key in any good personal injury claim. So whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant, you and your lawyer will need time to document the initial problem and track any subsequent issues.
Your lawyer might not file a lawsuit immediately. Although you might be seeing a doctor and documenting evidence about the injury, sometime medical and emotional problems take several weeks or months to emerge. After you have healed from the initial problems, you might find that you have long-term problems and your lawyer will want to document those for compensation.
Contacting a lawyer is key in a successful personal injury case. The rest of the timeline should left in the hands of your lawyer and doctor.