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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS AFTER AN ACCIDENT

October 14, 2021

Many things can go wrong when it comes to a car accident. Being hit in the wrong place can cause an injury that can last a lifetime. Unless you receive medical care from a professional after an accident, you may not know how bad your injuries were or what the expected timeframe for healing may be. Most of the time people will walk away from an accident with none or minor injuries.

However, a trip to the doctor’s office comes with medical expenses and most people do not have expendable savings available to them for those bills. It is imperative that you speak with an attorney if you’ve been in an accident that was caused by negligence of another party. When you speak with an experienced attorney, they can help you understand what options you have after an accident.

No one want to be involved in a lawsuit after an injury, but there are times when you have no other option. Having medical treatments after an accident isn’t something you want to be involved in either. You need to provide for yourself and your family which can be difficult if you are left in a situation of not being able to work and the bills are piling up. If this is the case pursing a lawsuit may be your only option.

Sometimes complications from accidents don’t show up immediately. They may take some time to surface, and you cannot file a lawsuit if you don’t have an immediate medical issue. This is when “the discovery rule” comes into play. The statute of limitations for personal injury of three years doesn’t begin until the injury is noticed. What does this mean? It means if you were involved in an accident and didn’t realize you were injured until days later (this happens more often than not), your three-years begins when “bodily harm becomes apparent or ought to have become apparent”. This is one of the reasons you have time to file a claim.

Whether you or a loved one was injured in an accident, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney after the accident. You may not be hurt, but that does not mean that you won’t have to be compensated for other damages. Give the attorneys at Hardee, Massey and Blodgett a call. We have over 58 years of combined legal experience with matters just like this. We will do everything we can to ensure you get the compensation you may deserve. Our attorneys will be by your side every step of the way.