File your claim as soon as possible and prevent missing out on the compensation you are legally entitled to.
When you’ve been in a car crash, you can end up with physical injuries, emotional injuries and also damage to your property. If the accident was not your fault, and you have not been able to recover the damages you deserve through negotiations, you may consider filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. What you must know though, is that you only have a certain length of time within which you can do this. You can’t simply put it off and think that you’ll get around to it eventually. There are certain limits when it comes to the time frame within which you can make your claim.
What are these limits?
According to the law, you generally have five years from the date on which the accident occurred to file your personal injury claim. This time frame is the same whether you are the driver of a vehicle, a passenger, a pedestrian or a cyclist that has been involved in an accident.
However, there is one circumstance where this time frame changes. If you filing a wrongful death claim (if a family member died as a result of a car crash) then your time limit for this is three years from the death of the victim. This may be longer or shorter than the standard five years for injury claims. Someone may die instantly in a car crash, or they may die from their injuries some time afterwards, possibly even years later.
What happens if you’ve missed the deadline for filing your lawsuit?
In nearly all cases your case would not be heard. If it was heard, it is not likely that you would win. Pursuing a case after the state of limitations has passed is probably not worth the time, effort and money involved unless there are exceptional circumstances. If there is a compelling reason why you haven’t filed a lawsuit such as having a disability, maybe you were so very badly injured that you were unable to pursue your claim, or perhaps you were a minor at the time of the accident and no one put in a claim on your behalf at the time and only now do you feel you deserve compensation for your accident.
Speak with a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer ASAP
This is why it is important to put in a claim as soon as possible after your accident. Of course if you are severely injured this may have to wait a while, but always bear in mind that there is a time limit. So the sooner you can talk to a St Louis car accident attorney the better. Call our office 24/7 at (314) 361-4242 to request a free case evaluation.