In Richmond, generally speaking, an adult has two years from the date of the accident, within which they must settle a claim or file a lawsuit against the right person in the right court. However, even though you have two years from the date of the accident DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY. The good attorneys are always going to be in high demand, and they will probably want to do in-depth research into your case before deciding if they want to accept your case. Waiting until the end of your statute of limitations period may mean that no attorney will even want to take your case.
Next, you have the issue of dealing with the right person in the right court. All that means is that you are dealing with the people that are responsible, and you are settling the issue in the appropriate court. In other words, just because you slipped and fell at a McDonalds doesn’t mean you are suing the entire McDonalds Corporation.
However, there are some exceptions to these rules. In some cases, such as those in which you are hit by an employee of a government agency then the time frame for bringing the claim may be shorter for both adults and children. Additionally you may have certain other mandatory notice requirements. If your case does involve getting hit by an employee of a governmental agency you should seek the help of an attorney.
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