Basic Personal Injury Questions

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2018 | Buffalo Law Blog, Firm News, Personal Injury

After an accident, you mind may be bogged down by basic personal injury questions that you don’t know the answers to. These cases can’t be handled on your own. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to answer all of your questions.

Basic Personal Injury Questions | How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Case?

There is a time limit before which people can bring their cases or file their claims, but the length of this period varies due to all the factors in play. How was the claimant injured? Where was the claimant injured? Who injured the claimant? The length of time to initiate an action will differ according to the answers to those questions. That is why it is important to seek counsel immediately after an accident or injury. This way, an accident attorney can preserve a claim and make sure to file it before the time limit is reached. If a personal injury claim is not filed before the relevant statute expires, the claimant will be out of luck.

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Basic Personal Injury Questions | Should I Wait to File?

Waiting too long before filing can be problematic, especially if a case involves a government agency or entity, because of certain time limitations that govern the filing of Notices of Claim. The deadline for Notices of Claim deadline is typically 90 days, but in rare instances, the deadline can be reduced to a mere 30 days. This means that the time in which one can file a lawsuit is only a year and 90 days—much shorter than most traditional personal injury cases, which allow three years from the date of the occurrence. Medical malpractice claims are different in that dental and medical claims allow two and a half years.

Basic Personal Injury Questions | Do I Need a Lawyer?

When it comes to medical and dental claims, determining the length of their statute of limitations period can be an exercise in extensive litigation all by itself. Because time limits can be variable, a claimant should consult with a lawyer right away. An experienced accident attorney in Buffalo should make the decision about the filing process because waiting too long can become a huge disservice to a claimant.

Basic Personal Injury Questions | How Much is My Injury Case Worth?

The value of a case is determined on an individual basis. Even superficially identical cases, such as those concerning a broken arm, can be worth vastly different prices. One person’s broken arm may be worth a lot more than another’s due to a multitude of factors. Was the claimant more active before the injury? Is the claimant now unable to do her or his job any longer due to the injury? Can the claimant no longer pursue hobbies or other life activities? In our firm, every claim is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Commercials in which people ask, “What is your case worth?” are solicitations for clients to consult other accident attorneys for a second opinion. The actors on television are not really the individuals who were injured; claimants who have won multi-million-dollar recoveries were seriously hurt, and they are highly unlikely to be seen smiling and dancing about the lawsuit. Serious cases such as these are no laughing matter. One of our experienced Hamburg personal injury lawyers can discuss your personal injury case with you during a free confidential case evaluation.