Can I Claim An Injury A Year After A Car Accident?

February 27, 2023

If you have been injured in a car accident, it is crucial that you understand your rights and what you should do. The first thing you should do is file a claim against the at-fault party. This is important because it ensures you are compensated for any damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. 


Car accidents can lead to a host of financial damages, from medical bills to lost wages to property damage. Economic damages include the costs of medical treatment and procedures, prescriptions, and any travel expenses associated with getting to and from doctor’s appointments or therapy sessions. They can also include the cost of vehicle repairs, tow truck fees, and rental car costs. Conversely, pain and suffering would be a type of noneconomic damages that can be recovered after a car accident. They can be hard to quantify, but the emotional trauma of a crash is real and has an impact on your life. The best way to determine how much you are owed is to hire an experienced attorney.  

Statute of Limitations 

Most states have statutes of limitations that limit how long people can file a lawsuit against someone who injured them. The statutes are meant to give victims enough time to gather evidence and prepare a case. However, if you wait too long to file your claim, you could lose out on compensation for your losses. In addition, you may find it difficult to obtain medical experts to help support your case if you haven’t filed your claim by the time the deadline is up. This means that if you want to pursue a car accident claim, it’s important to start the process as soon as possible. 

Time Limits 

Every state has a different time limit for car accident injury claims. This time limit also depends on whether you are filing a claim for personal injuries or property damage. Many insurers recommend reporting and filing a claim within a few days of the accident, but that is not a firm requirement in every case.

However, there are some legitimate reasons to delay filing your car insurance claim. Among them is that many injuries do not show up until weeks or months after the accident. In these cases, you could lose coverage for the injuries you discover later. In addition, your insurer could try to deny your claim if you delay. A skilled lawyer can help you weigh this decision and know when to file your claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve. 

Talk To An Attorney Today 

Many people don’t realize that they have the right to speak to an attorney after a car accident. They may even believe that a lawyer is unnecessary. However, it is important to talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. They can help you determine if you have any valid legal claims and assist you with preparing your claim. In addition, attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies and avoid their tactics.  

The lawyers at the Law Offices of Max G. Arnold, Inc. will be relentlessly driven to collect information that can be used to prove a case. They want to ask questions, dig into details, and do deep research to uncover new lines of thinking that can help you win your case. 

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