How long do I have to make a claim or sue for compensation?

Personal injury lawyers understand that when it comes to making a claim, timing is very important. Once an accident occurs, you have one week to notify your insurance company that you will be making a claim. Once you receive the benefit forms from your insurance company, you have 30 days to fill them out and submit them. If you intend to sue the at fault party, you have 120 days after the accident to let them know that you will be suing. While there are a few exceptions, you generally have two years to start the suit of the at fault party for damages for your injuries.

Contacting Personal Injury Lawyers

If you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think legal action is needed, it is always a smart idea to speak with an expert who can let you know what your rights are and what you should be expecting in terms of fair compensation.

You’ll also want to know from whom you may receive compensation. Most often, compensation comes from insurance companies for the involved parties, but your personal injury lawyer may be able to identify other liable parties that you had not considered, from whom you may also be able to receive compensation.

At Clarke Law, we understand that getting to a law office may not be your first priority when you are dealing with an injury. Doing so may even be very difficult for you if not impossible depending on the extent of your injuries. That’s why our injury lawyers are willing to consult with you either in your home or at the hospital in order to make it easier for you. We also have offices located in Mississauga and Whitby in order to better serve potential clients who live further afield.

The Nature of Injuries

Sometimes the full impact of an injury may not be realized for weeks, months or even longer. This fact is part of the reason that victims have up to two years to file a claim. But because the full impact of injuries may not be realized right away, it is also important that a personal injury lawyer review any offers that are made to you in order to ensure that that you are not cheated out of any compensation that you may deserve and need.

Just as the physical impact of injuries is not always apparent, neither is the financial impact. You may expect to require in home care for a few weeks and have it end up being a few months. You may think at first that you don’t need help with childcare or housekeeping only to realize later, that some tasks are just too difficult or painful while you are recovering.

Injury lawyers have seen hundreds of cases that are similar to yours. They know from experience what their clients might reasonably expect to need over the course of their recovery.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident, it is strongly advisable to speak with an injury lawyer to determine whether bringing a claim is advisable. If it is, your lawyer will help to ensure that all the necessary steps are taken within the proper timeframe.

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