When it comes to getting compensation for injuries you’ve suffered in an auto accident or as a direct result of someone else’s actions, you need to remember that there are filing deadlines and statutes of limitations that must be met. If you wait too long to file a claim, you may be ineligible for compensation, potentially leaving tens of thousands of dollars on the table. Below, we take a closer look at some of the time constraints for certain injury cases, and how you can ensure you never miss an important deadline.
Deadlines in Minnesota Injury Cases
If you are injured in a car or motorcycle accident, it makes sense that you are going to want to be compensated for your injuries, but we know how easily legal paperwork can get pushed to the back burner. Obviously your health should be your primary focus, and if you have a spouse, kids and a job, it’s easy to see how injury compensation can fall down the priority list. It’s true that you do have some time to file your claim, but a lawsuit really should be started as quickly as possible for other reasons.
For starters, the longer you wait to file a claim, the tougher it’s going to be to prove your case. Your recollection of the accident may fade, witnesses may no longer have as clear a memory of the accident, or surveillance footage from a nearby business may be recorded over after a set amount of time. It only gets harder to provide strong evidence the longer it goes between your accident and your injury claim, so while we understand that your health and family are important, so too is filing an injury claim while the details are fresh in everyone’s mind.
But how can you best focus on your family, your recovery and your injury case all at once? Your best bet is to hire a personal injury lawyer like Dean Margolis to handle your case. He’ll work on collecting evidence and putting forth the strongest case possible using his years of experience to guide him in the process, all the while you can sit back and take care of what’s really important in your life. Aside from putting together a strong case, your lawyer can ensure that all deadlines are met and everything is filed correctly and on time. But what time constraints are there for injury cases? While it varies a little based on the circumstances, the general limitations are:
- For auto accident injury cases, the statute of limitations is six years from the date of the accident.
- If the car accident involved someone’s death, the limitations for the surviving family members is three years from the date of the accident.
- If you are pursuing compensation from an establishment that may have overserved a patron who caused a crash, the deadline is two years.
- Exact time varies, but you have less than six years to bring a claim against a car manufacturer whose defect or design error contributed to your injuries.
However, just because you are allowed to wait that long to bring your claim doesn’t mean that you should put off your suit for years. Contact an experienced injury firm like Margolis Law Firm and get the compensation you deserve sooner rather than later. For more information, or to set up an appointment with a lawyer to talk about your prospective injury case, contact Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm today.
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