How Long After an Accident Should I Start an Injury Claim?

How Long After an Accident Should I Start an Injury Claim?

The time following an accident or injury of any kind can be stressful. Although it may be difficult, it is important to get back on track and sort things out as soon as possible. This is especially important if you are considering litigation or an insurance claim.

The personal injury lawyers at Martin & Hillyer Associates in Burlington can help you assess your options and will act quickly to protect your interests if you decide to start a claim. You can request a free consultation any time with one of our expert personal injury lawyers to discuss your case.

Assessing Your Options

Whether you are filing an insurance claim or considering a personal injury lawsuit, you'll want to act quickly to assess your options and protect your interests, but this does not always mean starting a formal legal process immediately.

In some cases, it might be advantageous to start a claim immediately and get the legal process started right away after an accident. But in some other cases, there may be advantages to waiting for some period before a formal claim is started - for example, it may be desirable to wait for other investigations to conclude, to obtain and consider additional information, or to wait to see how your injuries resolve before you become involved in a formal legal process. Your personal injury lawyer can help you determine which approach makes the most sense for your case, but it is important that you act quickly to get this guidance to keep all your options open, and to make sure no important steps are missed.

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is particularly important that you move quickly to take steps to protect yourself and ensure all options remain open to you. Check out What To Do If You Are In a Car Accident for more information about important steps that every car accident victim should take.

Limitation Periods

There is a limited amount of time that you have to file an injury claim in Ontario. The time limit is referred to as a limitation period. In most cases, the deadline to begin a claim is two years after the incident giving rise to the claim, but there are important exceptions to this rule. In some cases, earlier limitation dates or notice periods could apply with windows that might be as brief as 10 days. In other cases, a limitation might be extended if your claim was not "discoverable" right away.

The consequences for missing a limitation deadline are serious: your claim can be completely wiped-out. At the same time, determining what limitation date applies in each case can sometimes be complicated. Because of this, it's very important that you move quickly to seek out expert legal advice to ensure your rights are protected.

Regardless of the limitation period, it's always a good idea to seek legal advice sooner rather than later: as time goes by, it becomes harder to collect the correct and relevant information to benefit your case. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to collect evidence and seek witnesses and testimonies. The sooner you get started, the more likely you will be able to collect information that’s most valuable to your case.

Best Injury Lawyers for the Job

The chances of you receiving the best compensation for your accident are greatly increased if you have the support of a local and experienced personal injury lawyer. If you are injured in an accident, rest assured that the personal injury lawyers at Martin and Hillyer Associates are qualified to help you obtain the best compensation possible.

Are you looking for a personal injury law firm in Burlington, Hamilton or Oakville? Contact the lawyers at Martin and Hillyer Associates today for a free consultation.

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