How Long Do I Have to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Alabama?
Being injured due to someone else’s negligence can throw your life into a tailspin. At Moore Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys understand how difficult it can be to try to recover compensation when you’re injured and trying to heal. However, there is a statute of limitations in Alabama for bringing a personal injury claim, so after any accident, it’s vital to contact an attorney who can help you recover maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
What Is A Statute Of Limitations?
A statute of limitations is a law that sets strict time limit on bringing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. These deadlines differ from state to state. There are some exceptions to the rule, depending on the type of case and amount of harm you suffered.
Understanding The Statue Of Limitations For Alabama Personal Injury Lawsuits
The State of Alabama sets a two-year deadline for the filing of any civil lawsuit seeking damages “for any injury to the person.” Whether you’ve sustained injuries from a car accident, slip and fall or an assault (intentional tort), in most cases the two-year clock starts ticking on the date the accident or injury occurred.
If you attempt to bring a personal injury lawsuit to court after the two-year filing deadline, the defendant will most likely ask the court to dismiss your case. Unless an exception allows extra time, the court will usually grant the dismissal. The two-year filing deadline is also relevant to your position in settlement negotiations with the negligent party’s insurance company. If you haven’t filed a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, your negotiating power is diminished if not eliminated.
There are a number of scenarios in which the two-year personal injury filing deadline may be paused or extended. In Alabama, if an injured person is under the age of 19 or has been declared mentally incompetent, the injured person is considered to have a “legal disability.” When this period of disability ends (the injured person turns 19 or is declared competent), they have two years to file a civil lawsuit against the person who caused their injury unless more than 20 years have passed.
Another exception is in cases of medical malpractice — for example, in cases where a plaintiff is seeking compensation for birth injuries that aren’t apparent until years later.
An Alabama Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Sort It Out
If you’ve been injured and the personal injury lawsuit deadline is approaching or has already passed, it’s still a good idea to contact an Alabama personal injury attorney who is well-versed in the law to find out how the statute of limitations may apply to your case. They can evaluate your claim, help you understand your options and, if possible, seek maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, contact our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Moore Law Firm to schedule a consultation.