How long do I have to file a lawsuit for a car accident?
If you were injured in a car accident, the statute of limitations determines the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident. Each state has its own statute of limitations. Ideally, you should file your lawsuit as soon as possible after the accident. If you miss the deadline, you will be barred from pursuing your claim even if it has merit.
How is a car accident settlement calculated?
If you are injured in a car accident, the amount of compensation to which you would be entitled is based on the severity of the accident and the losses you suffered as a result. You would be entitled to your medical expenses such as costs related the hospital, your doctors, prescription medications, and rehabilitation. Another out-of-pocket expense to which you would be entitled are your lost wages. Your car accident settlement may also include compensation for pain and suffering which can be based on emotional pain, loss of enjoyment, or disfigurement from injuries.
How can I prove pain and suffering after a car accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering damages are more difficult to prove and quantify compared to medical expenses and lost wages. Pain and suffering is the emotional suffering experienced due to physical pain, loss of enjoyment of life, and permanent injuries. Evidence of pain and suffering includes medical records, medication records, visual evidence of permanent injuries or impairment, and testimony from friends, family, and co-workers about how the injuries have impacted your relationships, ability to work, and enjoyment of life.