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Why You Shouldn't Rush To Settle Your Injury Claim

Author : Jim Brown

After being hurt in a car accident, many people want to find help as fast as they can. This is understandable, especially when you're in dire need of help to pay medical bills and you're losing wages. However, you can't let the pressure get to you. Any good car accident attorney can tell you that being too hasty in filing your claim can actually be counterproductive, and often leave you well short of the actual amount of compensation you needed for help to pay medical bills and lost wages. Below are two important things to remember when thinking about how soon you should file your injury claim.

1.Think Ahead

Injuries and medical treatments don't happen all at once. There may be extended treatment involved with the injuries from your car accident. There could also be complications down the road that obviously couldn't be foreseen in the present. Quick settlements probably won't be able to give you all the help with medical bills that you would need right now and in the future.

There are also secondary injuries that may not surface until months after the crash. These injuries may also arise from medical procedures. Even years after the accident these can cause devastating problems. You must be sure that your injuries have been thoroughly diagnosed and treated. It is important to make sure you've at least looked up some information from a qualified and experienced attorney before settling a claim.

2.Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is the amount of time an accident victim has to file their claim on an injury settlement. These time periods are different from case to case depending on many variables including who was involved in the accident, where it occurred and what type of claim it is. That said, the statute of limitations is usually five years. However, there are exceptions. The statute of limitation for children does not begin until they are 18. Medical malpractice claims however have a much shorter window of opportunity. As always, when in doubt consult a professional.

Once the time is up on a statute of limitations, the lawsuit is prevented so be careful about waiting too long to file your suit. Do not wait until your statute is about to expire or you may miss the opportune time to file your case. After the statute runs out, pursuing your case any further will be almost impossible.

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James Brown is a Missouri injury lawyer in St. Louis. If you are hurt in a car accident you need to know the common mistakes car accident victims make when talking to aninsurance adjuster that ruin their accident claims. You can request a free copy of his Missouri accident guide, I Survived! The Crash Victims Guide to Surviving the Aftermath at his website or his blog

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Tags:   Injury claim, statute of limitations, help paying medical bills, car accident law suit

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