After you have been in a car accident, it is important to get the help you need, whether this be medical or legal. Car accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation for injuries that happened to them or their property. There are deadlines that allow someone to claim an injury that was caused by a car accident. These time limits are known as the statute of limitations and vary based on certain factors related to the collision. Reach out to our office for individualized guidance to learn how long after a car accident you have to claim an injury.
Filing With a Court
The statute of limitations is the time frame from the time of the accident to the date that someone is allowed to file a claim. For car accidents, Ohio law says the statute of limitations is two years. This means that someone may file a claim within two years of the date of the accident, or the deadline has passed. If the deadline passes without filing a claim, compensation will almost never be rewarded by the court.
There are few exceptions to this rule that allows someone to get around the statute of limitations for car accidents. For example, if the victim of a car accident passes away due to injuries from the accident, the statute of limitations is moved to two years from the date of death. Also, if the car accident victim was a minor, the statute of limitations two-year period will begin running when the minor turns 18. However, it is always a safe route to file a claim earlier than later.
Filing With an Insurance Company
There is not a specific deadline for filing a claim with insurance companies. The specific time to file a claim will depend on the type of claim you have. With insurance claims, it is important to file soon after the accident. Insurance companies will want to investigate the claim and the accident. It is important to allow time for the companies to do their jobs. Filing soon after the accident will help everyone to gather the required information needed for you to be financially compensated.
Reach Out to Charles Boyk Law Offices Today!
After being in a car accident, the preferred course of action is to seek legal help as soon as possible. Our team can help gather the necessary evidence and keep information while you focus on getting better physically and mentally. The sooner legal advice is sought, the easier the process will be for everyone. For additional information regarding car accident claims and how long you have to bring legal action, reach out to Charles Boyk Law Offices!