If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you’ll want to be compensated for the accident that you were involved in. This is true for automobile accidents, but it’s also true for slips, falls, and other kinds of problems. When you have an accident like that and you decide to make a compensation claim, the first thing you need to be aware of is that you have to know how long you have after the accident to actually make your claim. If you don’t make it in time you won’t be able to get any compensation at all, because the statute of limitations will have run out. It doesn’t matter how badly you were injured or who was at fault – even if the other person was clearly at fault – if you don’t file a claim in time you’re out of luck.
Different kinds of accidents have different time limits on claims, so it’s very important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. That way you can find out whether you really have a claim and how soon you have to file it if you want to try to recover compensation. Whether you have a claim is very important, too, because not every accident results in a claim for compensation.
Even if you’re injured, how the injury was sustained can affect whether you can file a claim. If the accident was partially or mostly your fault, for example, there won’t be as much opportunity for a claim than if you were completely innocent. The same is true if it is an honest accident where no one really did anything wrong or was at fault. In order for you to have an accident compensation claim, someone else has to be negligent. Some people are careless, and if they are driving or running a business while they are careless it’s quite possible that they will eventually cause or contribute to an accident. In that instance, the person who was injured will most likely have a claim for compensation from the injury that was sustained, because another person was negligent and therefore caused harm that could have easily been avoided.