How long do you have to sue after an accident?
June 9th, 2020 by CLLB Law
How long do you have to sue after an accident?
The amount of time you have to sue after an accident often depends on which kind of accident it is and what jurisdiction you’re in. For example, if a car accident happens in Indiana, then the statute of limitations for filing an accident lawsuit in civil court is two years for both personal injury and property damage. Similarly, the car accident statute of limitations in Kentucky is two years for personal injury and property damage. However, if the accident occurred somewhere other than in a vehicle in Kentucky (such as at home or at work), then you have only one year to file a personal injury lawsuit.
This example shows why it’s so important to know the law and understand which kind of lawsuit you’re filing. A skilled and experienced attorney can help you file your car accident claim quickly, with all the right documents. You don’t want to leave anything to chance either with the paperwork or the filing deadline.
The skilled personal injury lawyers at Church Langdon Lopp & Banet Law take good care of each and every client. Whether you’re filing an accident claim in Indiana or Kentucky, our lawyers will argue aggressively on your behalf to secure the best possible compensation for you. To find out more about how we can help, call us at 812-725-8224. The initial consultation is free.
How long do you have to sue after an accident in Indiana?
In Indiana, the deadline for both personal injury and property damage claims is two years. However, you don’t want to wait that long. It’s best to retain an attorney as soon as possible after the accident so that evidence doesn’t get lost and the accident scene doesn’t change significantly. You also want to get witnesses’ statements while their memories are still fresh. Additionally, it helps your case if you can get photos of your injuries and the accident scene, and an attorney can help you do this.
Also, if you are suing the State of Indiana (for example, because of inadequate road maintenance), or a county or city in Indiana, you have only 180 days to file a notice to those entities, which is required prior to suit.
How long after a car accident can you sue in KY?
Kentucky is different than Indiana when it comes to statutes of limitation for accidents. In Kentucky, you have two years from the date of the car accident or last PIP payments made to file a personal injury and/or property damage claim. But, if the accident did not happen in a vehicle (i.e. defective product, medical malpractice, slip and fall, etc.), you have one year from the date of the accident to file a claim.
It’s very important to pay attention to these filing deadlines because after the window of opportunity passes, you may have no legal recourse despite the injuries or property damage you may have suffered.
If you have questions or need an attorney to help you file your claim, the lawyers at CLLB would be glad to help. For a free consultation, call us at 812-725-8224.
How long after a car accident can I claim injury?
Generally, the sooner you file a car accident claim, the better. Whenever you are involved in a car accident and are hurt, you should always seek medical attention right away. Whether this means riding in an ambulance to the hospital emergency room, driving yourself to an urgent care center, or talking to your family doctor in person or through tele-health communications – make sure you do this. Seeking medical attention promptly is important for two reasons:
- It ensures that you get the medical treatment you need quickly, thereby preventing further injury or infection.
- It establishes medical records – or a “paper trail” – that details your injuries, provides a treatment plan, and explains how the injury happened. These records will be important in proving your legal case later on.
By seeking medical treatment promptly – within hours or days of the accident – you will be well positioned to file a personal injury claim before the deadline.
How long after an accident can you file a claim?
You may have one or two years to file an accident claim, depending on whether it is a vehicle accident or an accident that happened at home, work, or another location. A skilled attorney licensed to practice in both Indiana and Kentucky can help you sort out which laws apply to which accidents. It’s never a good idea to try to file these lawsuits on your own. Studies show that people represented by lawyers achieve settlements and jury awards that are much higher than people who file lawsuits on their own behalf.
Because the accident lawyers at CLLB work on contingency, filing a lawsuit requires no money from you up front. We don’t get paid until you get paid. Our fees are paid by the defendant as part of a settlement agreement or jury award. If for any reason your claim is not successful, then you owe us nothing.
So if you’re asking “how long do you have to make a claim after an accident?” – the answer is “the sooner, the better.”
Contact a car accident lawyer today
To get answers to your questions or to get started now on filing your car accident lawsuit, contact a skilled and experienced attorney at CLLB today. We have decades of experience helping accident victims just like you. We will leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, scouring police reports, and even hiring expert witnesses, if needed. We will build a powerful case on your behalf and ask for financial damages that cover your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The initial consultation is free, so call us at 812-725-8224.