Decisive action on injury claims is a virtue

You may have heard of statutes of limitations. These are protections built into the legal system to ensure that a threat of action doesn’t hang indefinitely over a possible defendant’s head. Whether criminal or civil in nature, if a prosecution of a case does not occur within the time frame established by law, it won’t be allowed to proceed at all. Murder is about the only crime not subject to such limits

Every state has its own view on time limits for bringing civil actions, such as claims for personal injury stemming from a vehicle collision. In communities like Evansville that are close to the borders of other states and people regularly cross those borders, it’s important to know what the statutes of limitations are. By consulting an experienced attorney, you can ensure you to not run afoul of deadlines because of procrastination.

When the clock starts ticking

Time limits for filing a personal injury suit sometimes depends on the nature of the claim. Hence, fraud or trespass claims might have a longer window for suing than those for car crashes.

In Indiana, the limit for bringing a personal injury suit is set at two years, while the statute allows up to six years to bring a suit for fraud. In Kentucky, those windows are shorter; one year for injury to a person and five years for fraud.

One thing that is common to both states is that the proverbial clock begins ticking at the same point, either on the date when the incident happened or the date when the harm was discovered.

There are also limits on how long you have to collect on a judgment stemming from a case. In Indiana, the window is set at 20 years. In Kentucky, it is just 15 years.

The message to take away from this is that if you’ve sustained injury after a vehicle accident, regardless of whether it’s discovery comes well after the actual crash, optimal recovery depends on taking timely action.

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