Good things come to those who wait – at least, that’s how the phrase goes. And, indeed, for many things that may be the case. However, when you are dealing with legal matters, waiting is not always the best strategy. In particular, while there may be some strategy to a perfectly timed filing of a new case, you need to be mindful that waiting too long to file may cost you your right to file at all.

What is a Statute of Limitation?

In the world of legal matters, a statute of limitations is a law that bars a prosecutor from charging someone with a crime that was committed more than a specified number of years ago or a law that bars a plaintiff from filing a new claim if too much time has passed since the incident giving rise to the occasion occurred. Generally, the purpose of a statute of limitations is to make sure that convictions occur only upon the arrival of evidence that has not deteriorated with time. The intention of these laws facilitates within a reasonable amount of time, which varies from state to state. Usually, when a statute of limitations expires, the courts no longer have jurisdiction. 

How Long After An Injury Do I Have To File A Claim?

Each state has different statutes of limitations for various types of matters. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years. What this means is that any claim filed to recover damages due to a personal injury needs to be filed within three years of the date that the injury occurred. There are some nuances and special exceptions to the rule, such as those applicable with respect to minors or incompetent persons. Additionally, the date of injury may not always be the date the injury actually occurred – in some cases, under Maryland’s “discovery rule,” the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the plaintiff discovers or should reasonably have discovered the injury – the plaintiff must know about the injury in order for the statute of limitations to begin running, and in some situations an injury may not be evident until after some time has passed since the incident.

Your First Steps In Filing A Claim

If you injured in an accident or another event, here are a few tips for what you can do:

  • Collect any evidence that you can find as well as a record of the damage or injury caused. Be specific and list every detail that you can recall. Take pictures and get other people to describe the event or what they saw in writing.
  • Write down everything that has happened before, during, and after the accident. This may include things such as bills, medical visits, or further injury developments or complications.
  • Get the names and the contact information of any witnesses that may be involved.
  • Be quick to let the other party know if you are planning on filing a suit against them for your injuries and property damage and do so in writing. However, just because you notify them, does not mean you actually have to file a lawsuit.
  • Do not wait long to file your claim to ensure that the time period for the state’s statute of limitations does not pass.
  • Contact a lawyer immediately that can help you gather information or evidence and help you file a claim in a timely manner by asking you the right questions.

Let Us Provide You with Professional Legal Representation

When you or someone close to you has been involved in an accident and have suffered a personal injury, you need to get started with your case without delay. Though the legal process may seem overwhelming, finding the right attorney to represent your best interests during this time can make all the difference. The personal Injury attorneys at Jaklitsch Law Group are here to help you during this difficult time. Our legal professionals will meet with you to review and assess your case and will answer all your questions about what you need to do to obtain the best possible results. Contact Jaklitsch Law Group today to speak with a member of our caring and confident staff to schedule your complimentary consultation.