Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when one person experiences harm from an injury or accident, and another person or party is believed to be legally responsible for that harm. Unlike a criminal case, which is initiated by the government, a personal injury case typically begins when an individual, known as the “plaintiff,” files a civil complaint against another person, company, or government agency, known as the “defendant,” alleging that the defendant acted carelessly or negligently in connection with an injury or accident that caused harm.
Plaintiffs have a limited period of time during which they can file a personal injury lawsuit, called a “statute of limitations,” beginning when the plaintiff suffers the injury or first becomes aware of the injury. Statutes of limitations are established by state law, which means they can vary state by state, and the type of personal injury sustained may also affect the time limit for filing a claim.
Unfortunately, once the time limit to bring a case has passed, the injured person will lose his or her right to sue.