Time can pass quickly after you suffer an accident or injury from an automobile collision. If you believe you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, you cannot wait too long before filing legal action. The reason is because Alabama has deadlines restricting how long you can take before choosing to file suits and certain civil actions, which are known as statutes of limitations.
As explained by FindLaw, Alabama has various statutes of limitations for different civil actions. The time period for filing a suit starts from the moment you sustain an injury or when harm is discovered. For instance, if you suffer whiplash from a car accident, the time period to file a suit begins from the data of the accident.
Many statutes of limitations last for two years. Personal injury is one of them, so odds are if you sustain an injury, you will have to determine whether to file suit within that time period. If a person is killed by a result of negligence, the surviving family members also have an option to litigate during the two year period. Other forms of injury, such as medical malpractice, slander, libel, or fraud, also must be litigated within two years.
If you get hurt after an accident, it is possible pain or other symptoms might be delayed. This is why signing a release form before your health condition is fully known could be a bad idea. Some people experience health problems, like numbness or headaches, days or weeks after an injury. Others may experience behavioral problems, like PTSD, or have changes in personality stemming from a brain injury. These problems may take a while to show themselves and can last for years.
The impact of a personal injury may not be fully known even days after an accident has taken place. Because of this fact, injury victims may be better served by seeking as much information as possible about their injury, as well as consulting with a personal injury attorney, to understand what kind of treatment they may need and what they should be compensated for.