Have you been hurt in a car crash but are feeling hesitant about suing the at-fault party for your injuries? Do you doubt whether you should sue at all, especially if you have the insurance or money to take care of your medical bill?
If you have sustained an injury as a result of another party’s fault, there are numerous reasons why you should consider suing for compensation. First, the negligent party should be financially responsible for the cost of the medical treatment you will need to recover from your injury — as well as any lost wages, property damage and other expenses you may face. However, personal injury lawsuits tend to be a little confusing. It is easy to make mistakes, especially if you are doing this for the first time.
Here are common mistakes you need to be aware of when filing a personal injury lawsuit in North Carolina.
Failing to file the claim within the required time
In North Carolina, you have three years from the date of the accident to sue the at-fault party for your injuries, property damage and other losses. Filing your claim after the three-year window expires can result in your claim being dismissed regardless of how competent your suit is.
You should note that it’s generally wisest to begin negotiations on your claim much sooner. You may never have to file an actual lawsuit if you and the at-fault driver’s insurance can agree on a settlement.
Failing to document the facts of your injury
Like with any other legal process, evidence plays a crucial role in determining the outcome of your case. If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you call the law enforcement officer to the scene so they can file a police report. Documenting your injuries as soon as you can is equally important.
Keep every medical record that comes into your possession during this time and consider starting a diary that documents your pain and limitations.
Personal injury lawsuits can be confusing, especially if you do not understand how personal injury laws work. Knowing and avoiding the common mistakes that may jeopardize your case is key to filing a competent personal injury lawsuit and getting the compensation you deserve.