How Soon Should You File a Lawsuit After Being Hurt in an Accident?

How Soon Should You File a Lawsuit After Being Hurt in an Accident?

Have you been in a car accident recently? Are the sights and sounds still fresh in your mind? Are you still dealing with any injuries that you suffered from the accident? Is it possible that you could have a strong reason to file a personal injury lawsuit? If you answered yes to these questions, either for yourself or a loved one, then perhaps you’re also wondering how soon you should file such a lawsuit. Is there a limit as to how long you can wait to file a lawsuit or do you have to wait a certain amount of time before you do choose to file?

These are both good questions. First off, if you have been seriously hurt and you’re sure you want to pursue a lawsuit, you can file a suit as soon as you would like. However, in most cases it’s better to wait at least long enough to really know the true extent of your injuries. Sometimes, you might actually be hurt worse than you think. Additionally, you could also realize later that there are more negative affects from your injuries than you realized. If you rush to file a lawsuit and subsequently agree to a settlement then you might miss out on some of the possible damages. Some injuries can require ongoing treatment for months, years or even a lifetime. It’s important to consider all of these factors before you file a lawsuit.

On the other hand, you should not wait too long to file a lawsuit if you have been hurt in an accident. For many states, Illinois included, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is generally two years after the accident. Therefore, the best approach to take in most cases is to wait to file a personal injury lawsuit long enough to have a true assessment of your injuries, and the effects they will have on your life going forward, but not to wait too long and let the opportunity to file expire.

Every case is unique which is why it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer before making any decisions. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Friedman & Associates, PC, we will help you make the right decisions at the right time. We understand that you want to keep your focus on healing and recovering and not on legal issues. We’ll take care of all that for you and keep your best interests in mind throughout the entire process. Please click here or call us at 312-339-8816 for an experienced personal injury attorney in Chicago.