You may be familiar with the Virginia statute of limitations that gives you two years from the date of injury to file your personal injury claim. The biggest mistake that many injured Virginians make is that they wait too long to consider filing their claim. The time you waste considering your claim can cause evidence to disappear, memories to lapse and the validity of your case to suffer.
Procrastinating on filing your Virginia personal injury claim can be one of the worst things you can do to damage your case. The sad truth with many serious injuries is that you have no way of knowing just how long you may need rehabilitation or what kind of long-term effects the accident may have on your life. You can't afford to wait around, considering taking legal action, while the clock is ticking on your time to file.
Take, for example, a family whose son is critically injured by a distracted driver in a car accident. The son suffers a traumatic brain injury and spends months in a coma. Meanwhile, the family is busy holding on to the hope that their son will wake up, not concerning themselves yet with the medical costs they're incurring.
The Virginia two-year statute of limitations may seem like a long time, but when your family is preoccupied with caring for an injured loved one, things get overlooked. If the family does not pursue a personal injury claim within two years of their son's injury, they may lose their window of opportunity to recover the medical costs.
The sooner you connect with a Fairfax personal injury attorney after your accident, the less risk you have of damaging your Virginia personal injury claim. Many settlements are reduced or even denied because the family waited too long to file a claim. In some cases, the statute of limitations will have run out, the evidence will be damaged or a jury may just look at the time it took to file the claim and figure if the family could wait this long, it's not worth paying them.
At the time of a serious injury, there's no way to adequately predict the course of a victim's treatment and medical needs as they recover from their injuries. Therefore, it's always in the family's best interest to speak with an experienced Fairfax personal injury attorney who has the knowledge of past cases to help determine a fair settlement for your Virginia personal injury claim.
Contacting a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney
You don't have to deal with insurance companies and paperwork alone when you're looking to file a Virginia personal injury claim. Fairfax personal injury attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their claims and focus on healing rather than documents and hearings.
Before you go any further with your decision, order a copy of my complimentary guide to Virginia personal injury claims, Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim.
Addtionally, you can talk with the BenGlassLaw team for free by calling us at (703)584-7277.