Personal injury law allows accident victims to seek compensation for their medical expenses and other losses, but that right doesn’t last indefinitely. Every state imposes a strict deadline on filing a claim, known as the statute of limitations, after which you’ll likely lose your right to sue the liable parties. Statutes of limitations vary significantly from state to state. Below is an explanation of how Alabama treats personal injury claims.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
Under Alabama law, any action for a personal injury must be taken within two years of the accident or the date you learned about the damages. Unlike other states, Alabama’s statute of limitations covers all types of personal injury claims, including medical malpractice, product liability, and wrongful death cases.
When the Clock Starts
If you’ve been hurt in an accident and your injuries are obvious, the statute of limitations window opens immediately. However, some situations aren’t so straightforward. For instance, many medical malpractice victims only discover their substandard treatment when complications develop, which could be years later. In these cases, the statute of limitation clock begins running as soon as your injuries are discovered, no matter how much time has passed.
When Should You File a Claim?
As soon as you suspect that your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence or malice, contact a personal injury attorney to get the process started. Filing a claim can be a long, complex process, but your injury lawyer will guide you through each step and help you decide when to file. While you don’t want to wait too long, you also shouldn’t accept a settlement until your doctors understand the full extent of your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured by someone else’s malicious or careless actions, let The Law Office of Peter A. McInish, LLC help you pursue justice. For over 30 years, this law firm has fought for the rights of victims throughout Dothan, Headland, Cottonwood, and Midland City, building a reputation for integrity, compassion, and skillful advocacy. Visit them online for more on their personal injury services, get more legal tips on Facebook, or call (334) 671-2555 to schedule a consultation.