After a car accident, there is typically a whirlwind of activity. Of course, health and wellness need to top the list and those injured in a car accident should take their injuries seriously. After immediate needs are assessed and treated for immediate danger, what should one do next?
Since there is a time limit on how long an injured person has to file a lawsuit, this might be a good time to explore this option. Not all car accidents are caused by another's negligence, but for those that do involve another's negligence, determining liability is crucial. An accident investigation, witness testimony and medical records are all great resources to utilize when building a personal injury suit. With the costs of medical care going up every year and insurance policies becoming less favorable for the average Reno resident, an injured victim may be looking to off-set the medical costs associated with car accident injuries.
Nevada's statute of limitations is only two years from the time of the injury, which is a smaller time frame than most states. If the time window has closed, it can be nearly impossible to file suit against a person or company believed to be at fault. This is why time is of the essence after a car accident.
While two years may seem like a long time to some, it can go quickly for a family dealing with serious injuries after a car accident. Hospital visits, paperwork and other complications from injuries can make the extra step of filing suit all the more challenging. However, there is much to be reaped from the extra effort if a 3rd party is proven responsible or liable for the accident. There are financial gains to be had for the victim and their family.
Source: FindLaw, "Time Limits to Bring a Case: The 'Statute of Limitations'," Accessed October 10, 2016