In Virginia, every personal injury claim is governed by a legal deadline known as the statute of limitations. This is generally two years from the date of the injury. If a plaintiff files a personal injury suit after the deadline expires, the court will have little choice but to dismiss the case permanently. While there are limited exceptions, the failure to comply will typically end your chance at compensation no matter how strong your case might be. With the help of an experienced car accident lawyer, you can avoid violating it.
Length of the statute of limitation
In general, the statute of limitations for a Virginia personal injury claim expires two years from the date of the accident. Some important exceptions toll the expiration of this deadline. For example, a minor under the age of 18 is not capable under the law to bring a legal claim so the statute of limitations does not begin to run out while they are still a minor. But don’t wait and create a deadline issue in your case. Reach out to an attorney as soon as possible after your injury. The statute of limitations is not the only reason to contact a lawyer immediately. Investigation of the accident scene and witness statements are best obtained when the evidence is fresh. Once the minor reaches 18, the deadline begins to run.
There are other limited situations where an injured party’s disability will toll the statute of limitations. A car accident attorney can advise you if those exceptions apply in your case.
Protect your claim with experienced legal counsel
To protect your legal claim, you must comply with the statute of limitations. The dedicated car accident lawyers at Rutter Mills can assist you with this legal deadline. To learn more, schedule a free consultation right away.
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