If you have been in an accident and sustained injuries, you need to seek immediate medical care. Thereafter, it is important to take steps to recover financially from your injuries. This includes making a claim for compensation from the negligent party, which might require you to file a lawsuit if a settlement cannot be reached. These steps can be intimidating, and most people worry they will miss certain deadlines and be cut off from pursuing a recovery.
One question that comes up in personal injury cases is whether the victim has to wait a certain amount of time to take any action. There is no waiting period prior to filing a personal injury lawsuit, but you do have to make sure any legal proceeding is initiated timely. In Arizona the statute of limitations for a personal injury case is two years. Here is what that means:
- You have to file a lawsuit within two years of the date of loss. The date of loss is typically the date of the accident but can vary depending on the type of injury suffered. Rather than try to figure out the statute of limitations on your own, let us help.
- If you fail to file within that time, you are not allowed to bring an action in Court to recover damages.
The deadline to file a lawsuit is set by statute, but that does not mean you are required to file. Many victims only resort to the judicial system when the responsible party refuses to pay. Typically, it is the insurance company for a negligent driver or other party that declines to pay. When that happens, your recourse is to file a lawsuit. Our approach does not allow for an insurance adjuster to prolong the matter, backing you up against the timeline with no options. If your case cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, we make sure a lawsuit is filed well within the statutory guidelines. We also make sure you are getting the medical care you need while your matter is pending, by checking in with you regularly regarding your condition. If your doctor has suggested ongoing therapy or follow up visits, we urge you to follow doctor’s orders so your injuries can properly heal. The medical record becomes an important piece of evidence in your case, and we stay in touch with you to answer any questions you may have about how your treatment impacts your case. Put our experience to work for you today.
If you have been in an accident, call the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC for help. Call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online for more information.