How Long do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

Knowing how long you have to file a personal injury claim for your particular case will help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. At Linley Welwood, our team of highly trained and experienced personal injury lawyers can help ensure that your personal injury claim goes as smoothly as possible.

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When Should You File a Personal Injury Claim?

No matter what type of personal injury claim you are filing for, it is always a good idea to start the process of reporting your claim to the appropriate insurance company as soon as possible to prevent running into the reporting deadline. While receiving medical treatment for your injuries, you do not have to wait to file an injury claim; however, while getting the case started is one thing, it is important to ensure that you do not take a settlement for your claim before fully understanding the nature and scope or your damages.

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Time Limit for Filing Your Personal Injury Claim

While the time limitation for filing a personal injury claim depends on the type of accident, where it occurred, and how old the injured person is at the time of the accident, the basic limitation period of two years begins on the date of the accident. In some cases, such as personal injury claims against a municipality, shorter limitation periods may apply, so it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer to ensure that you are not missing the correct limitation date.

Some common personal injury accidents that have the basic limitation of two years include:

  • Car accidents
  • International airline injuries
  • Physical disfigurement injuries
  • Slip and falls

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What Happens if You Miss the Limitation Date?

Missing the limitation date for your personal injury claim may result in losing the ability to seek any compensation for your damages. In order to prevent this from happening, it is important to seek out the help of a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. A reputable lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected and that you do not miss any important deadlines.

If you would like to learn more about how long you have to file a personal injury claim after an accident, or if you are interested in one of our legal services for car accidents, business law, real estate, family law, serious injuries, and wills, estates, and trusts, please contact Linley Welwood at 604-850-6640 or by filling out a form on our website.

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