What is a statute of limitations?

What is a Statute of Limitations?

What is a statute of limitations?

In every state across the US, there is a time limit in which accident victims have to either file a law suit or settle the claim in the event of an injury. This is a common practice around the country. These restrictions are statute of limitations. In the state of Louisiana, the statute of limitations for car accidents & personal injury is also referred to as prescriptive period. Prescriptive periods are time limits that set the maximum period of time after an accident that legal proceedings based on that event may be initiated. Louisiana’s statute of limitations in most personal injury cases is one year from the date of accident.

Every state in the US has its own time limit for filing a civil case. It doesn’t matter what kind of accident. If you are not aware of this rule, you may end up getting nothing in compensation from the court.  The court will not consider your case after the time limit has elapsed. So, in the unfortunate event of a personal injury, you should consult a qualified attorney. They can take timely action to get you the compensation you deserve.

How long after my accident do I have to file a lawsuit?

The statute of limitations does not say that you should wait for a complete year before filing a case.  If you have sustained a personal injury due to an accident, don’t wait to contact an attorney. This approach may diminish your chances of getting reparation for the damages. It is best to file a case at least 2 months before the statute of limitations time lapses. This practice gives you enough time for both the things – reaching an out-of-court settlement and filing the case on time. Ten months is a fair amount of time to settle a case without involving any attorneys. If that does not happen, it is advisable to get under the umbrella of law as early as possible.

When you suffer an injury as a result of negligence or intention, you may incur significant medical expenses. You need a personal injury lawyer to help you get financial compensation for your losses. Contact the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to schedule a free consultation with our legal team.


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Parties Represented by Personal Injury Lawyer Receive Nearly 3.5 Times More Money in a Settlement Than Those Without an Attorney.

Insurance Research Council Study 2004