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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

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After a particular accident involving an injury, a certain amount of time needs to elapse before you clearly understand the severity and nature of your injuries.

Even negligible pain and injuries may linger for a couple of weeks and sometimes months after an accident – car accident, dog bite, slip or fall injury, and many more – before you can assess the impact on your life. Severe injuries will need medical treatment that in some cases may be ongoing with no clear end in sight.

When making a lawful claim for your injuries, how do you know exactly how much compensation to request if you are still in the process of healing? Is it advisable to prepare your injury lawsuit or insurance claim now?

When Then Should You File an Injury Claim?

If you are under medical care and still receiving treatment for your injuries, you do not have to wait to file a claim. As a matter of fact, it is good to get the process started, whether it is regarding personal injury lawsuit or an insurance claim.

If you are going to forward the matter to court, you need to adhere to the appropriate deadline. Starting the case is one thing, but you don’t want to decide your case (i.e. accept a settlement) before having asolid understanding of the scope and nature of your damages.

The Time Limit to File Your Case in Court

With every type of lawsuit, there is a specific state law that sets a time limit for going to court and filing your case. This law is normally referred to as statute of limitations, and the deadlines are different depending on the kind of case.

A car accident, slip and fall, or similar type of case will strictly be governed by the personal injury statute of limitation. Even if you are just involved in an insurance claim for now, it is vital that you keep the statute of limitations in mind just in case you finally need to file a lawsuit.

Speak with a West Palm Beach, FL Personal Injury Attorney

If you are not sure of when to file your personal injury case or whether it is valid, speak with a West Palm Beach, FL personal injury attorney at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. today on 561-687-5660 to schedule a meeting.

We offer absolutely free consultation in which a highly proficient lawyer will assess the facts of your accident and provide a candid evaluation of your case.

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