No. When you are injured at no fault of your own, you may be in a situation in which you should contact a personal injury lawyer. This is because a personal injury lawyer can determine whether or not you have grounds to seek damages from the person that you allege caused you to become injured.
When you become injured and it has caused certain losses in your life, such as not being able to work, having to have surgeries, and permanent injury, then it is necessary to seek compensation from the responsible party. You did not ask to be put into that situation, so you should not have to pay the consequences out of your pocket. You’re paying enough in the way of consequences by having to deal with the injuries.
When you go to see your personal injury lawyer, you present them with evidence that shows that someone else was at fault. This includes any medical records, police reports, and anything else that you have to prove your case.
Once the personal injury lawyer evaluates the information, they are able to determine whether or not you have a case. If they do determine that you have a case, then they will take the next step in finding more information. From there, they will notify the proper entities of the lawsuit and file it in court.
From there, a court date will be scheduled and it will be time to prove your case so that you can receive the compensation that you need. This compensation is used to replace any monetary losses you have experienced because of the injury.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Claim
If you have suffered a personal injury due to an boating, jet ski, wakeboarding or other watercraft accident, the law limits the time in which you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Failure to timely and properly file suit within the applicable limitation period may forever bar your claim. Each state has a different set of laws, which mandate that a suit be filed within a specific time period. This is known as the statute of limitations and can vary from one to six years. The deadlines vary depending on the type of claim, the state in which the claim is filed, and whether the claim is filed in state or federal court. The only exception to this is when the plaintiff is filing for damages against the government. When that’s the case, the statute of limitations is often reduced to thirty days and up to one year.
Typically, the statute of limitations begins on the day the injury occurred. The time period for the statute of limitations does not start to run until the moment when the person filing the suit knew that he or she had suffered harm. For example, in the case of medical malpractice, if a surgeon had made a mistake, which wasn’t discovered until weeks, months or years later, this lack of knowledge could not be called unreasonable under the circumstances. Quite often, the statute of limitations would not begin until the day the patient discovered the surgeon’s mistake. Keep in mind; the delay in discovery must be one that is considered reasonable. If the patient experienced complications post-surgery, and refused to seek medical treatment for several years, his or her lawsuit may very well be barred by the statute of limitations.