After you have been in an accident or otherwise injured by another person's negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, you will probably be thinking about filing a personal injury claim against them to seek some sort of compensation. But what if you aren't sure who is at fault and want to wait until a complete investigation is finished? Or what if you aren't even sure if your aches and pains are related to what they did? Is there some sort of rush when creating a lawsuit for a personal injuries in Connecticut? The short answer is: yes.
What is the Connecticut Statute of Limitations?
Connecticut has a two year statute of limitation, which means you have two years to bring a claim to court after someone has hurt you or damaged your property. If you fail to do so, your claim will likely be thrown out. The exception to this rule is the "date of discovery" statute.
What About Date of Discovery Claims?
The two year statute of limitations does have some flexible points, however. For injuries that were unknown at the time of the incident or accident, the statute usually begins at the "date of discovery."
For example: someone could rear-end you, resulting in minor damage, and barely-noticeable aches. Three year later, you start to experience major back pains and your chiropractor says it is likely due to your car accident. In this case, you could still possibly file a suit because you were totally unaware of the harm done until that moment. It should be noted that the statute would likely begin on the day you started experiencing the pain, not necessarily when a medical professional cited it.
How Can I File My Claim ASAP?
Ultimately, the wise choice for filing a claim – and discovering when you need to do so – is to talk to an East Hartford personal injury attorney from David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC as soon as you are in an accident. With proper representation and a solid case constructed in your favor, you could win a settlement that helps you pay for medical bills, any repairs, and lost wages. Contact us today to learn more about our legal services.