Every year, thousands of accidents occur as results of negligence. From a legal standpoint, victims of careless or reckless behavior may seek financial compensation for any pain and suffering that accidents caused them. However, these claims are subject to time limits imposed by each state’s legislature. Here is a look at North Carolina’s statute of limitations and how it can affect your personal injury claim:
- North Carolina Statute of Limitations
North Carolina residents have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. This gives drivers and insurance companies’ peace of mind that, after several years, the matter will be put behind them. However, this limit also means that victims should consult an attorney soon after receiving treatment for injuries sustained in a car accident or slip and fall.
- Discovery Rule
Thanks to the Discovery Rule, the clock for your claim does not start running until you realize that you have been injured. In the case of a car accident, the effects of many personal injuries are not detected for months or years after the event. For instance, you may not find out about blood clots, hemorrhaging, or dislocated vertebrae until you see a specialist several months after an accident. The three-year statute of limitations officially begins when you find out about the real effects of the accident.
The best way to avoid being disqualified by a statute of limitations is to consult a personal injury lawyer as early as possible. North Carolina residents who were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence should consult the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood by calling (919) 238-4668. Our Cary-based staff can evaluate your case and help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
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