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September 20, 2023

Delaying Legal Action: How It Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case

When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, it’s essential to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. There are several reasons why delaying legal action can have detrimental impacts on your personal injury case.

Statutes of Limitations

Every state imposes a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, within which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. This period varies from state to state and starts from the date of the injury. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame, you may be barred from bringing your claim to court.

Evidence May Deteriorate

Evidence is crucial in a personal injury case. Over time, physical evidence may be lost or damaged, witnesses may forget details, and crucial documents could be misplaced or destroyed. The sooner you initiate your claim, the sooner your attorney can begin gathering and preserving essential evidence.

Medical Documentation and Causation

Delaying legal action often means delaying medical evaluation. Without prompt medical documentation linking your injuries to the accident, proving causation becomes challenging. Insurance companies and their lawyers may argue that your injuries were not a result of the accident but were pre-existing or caused by another event.

Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are quick to start their investigation after an accident. If you delay your legal action, it gives them a head start and can put you at a disadvantage. They may use this time to build a case against you or to offer a lowball settlement before you fully understand the extent of your damages.

Legal Process Takes Time

Personal injury cases can take months or even years to resolve, especially if they go to trial. Delaying the start of this process only extends the time until potential compensation can be received.

The Impact of Social Media and Online Information

In today’s digital age, information posted online can potentially harm your case. The longer you wait to take legal action, the more time there is for damaging information to appear on your or others’ social media platforms.

While it’s understandable to want to focus on your recovery after an accident, delaying legal action can significantly harm your personal injury claim. Engaging Pleban & Associates as soon as possible can help protect your rights, preserve evidence, and start the process towards obtaining the compensation you deserve.

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