Injuries come in all sizes and levels of severity. In many situations, you can recover quickly and experience little, if any, disruption to your routine. However, if you are hurt badly to the point where your injuries are disrupting and impairing your life, you should speak to an attorney. If the incident occurred due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. It’s best to visit with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Waiting too long could have disastrous consequences.
Reporting Injuries to Employers
If you are injured on the job, you should be able to file a Workers Compensation claim. On top of this, you may choose to file a lawsuit against your employer if the company didn’t create a safe working environment or if it refuses to help you file a claim. To file a Workers Compensation claim, you should first inform your manager of human resources representative of your injury. Give details about how the accident happened and where you are injured. Rules vary from state to state, but it’s best to report the injury as soon as possible. Some places require you to inform your employer in as few as 30 days. As for filing a Workers Compensation Claim, you generally have one year from the accident to do this, though some states have longer time limits.
Statute of Limitations on Filing a Lawsuit
Similarly, you must comply with time frames on when you can file a personal injury suit. Just as there is a statute of limitations on when you can be prosecuted for a crime or for someone to sue you, there are limitations on when you can bring your injury to a court of law. For example, you can’t expect to successfully file a lawsuit for injuries you suffered in a slip and fall a decade ago. Find out about the regulations in your state. In some locations, you have no more than a year from the injury to file in court.
There are exceptions to the statute of limitations on personal injuries. The court can extend the filing deadline if your injuries left you incapacitated or incompetent during the entire statute of limitations period and can’t file. In this situation, the time frame would start from the time that you were mentally and physically able to file a lawsuit.Be aware of the statute of limitations for personal injuries where you live.