Understanding how much time you have to seek damages
When you’re injured or suffering, you probably won’t want to start a legal battle for compensation. After an accident, your first priority may be to get well, so that you can feel strong enough to pursue damages to cover medical costs and lost income. It’s important to remember, however, that there are limitations on how long you can wait before filing a claim. If you wait too long in the state of Pennsylvania, you will no longer be eligible to receive monetary damages.
In most accident cases, such as slip and fall or premises liability cases, the window for filing a claim is two years from the date of the accident or injury. This is important because if symptoms don’t show up for six months after an accident, you still only have 18 months to file a claim because the injury was sustained six months earlier.
It’s also important to remember that the longer you wait to file a claim, the more difficult it may be to collect evidence, retrieve reports and contact witnesses. In addition, if the other party argues that you share responsibility for the accident, such as a broken taillight in a car accident or ignoring warning signage on a property, it may be more difficult to prove otherwise. Because of Pennsylvania’s comparative negligence laws, this may result in your receive a smaller percentage of the compensation owed to you.
Filing a claim takes time, so don’t wait until the last minute to start the process. Gathering information, filling out paperwork, making sure you have the right forms and processing your claim all take time. While hiring a lawyer can make this process much easier for you, it doesn’t mean they can get it done in a single day or even a week in most cases.
Instead, take advantage of a lawyer’s services as an opportunity to get the process started earlier. Your attorney can handle the work while you’re still recuperating, and you can rest assured that your claim will be filed in a timely manner.
Philadelphia Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Injured Victims Pursue Justice and Compensation
The attorneys at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC encourage anyone who has been injured in an accident to contact their Philadelphia office at 215-569-8488 or online for a free consultation and to start the process of filing a claim. Experienced Philadelphia accident lawyers take an aggressive approach to your case and will go to trial to help secure the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, and do so quickly to help cover your costs when you need them.