Does it Matter if You Wait to File Your Personal Injury Case in California? Yes! If you have been injured and are considering filing a personal injury case, it is essential that you do so as soon as possible. In too many cases, a person drags their feet on contacting a personal injury attorney and ends up losing out on the compensation they would have been owed for their damages. Continue reading to learn why timing matters and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.

Reasons People Wait to Contact an Attorney

First, let us consider some of the erroneous logic that leads people to wait to call an attorney. In some instances, they are not sure if they have a case. They might still be receiving medical treatment and be under the false impression that they cannot take action until they have healed completely. Others think that the person who injured them will be personally responsible, when in fact, in almost all cases, it is their insurance company that will be responsible for paying for your damages.

The Statute of Limitations Might Expire

One of the reasons that it is smart to call an attorney as soon as possible is that you do not have an unlimited amount of time to file your personal injury claim. If it is a claim involving the government as a defendant, then you will have just six months to file. Most other cases give you two years to file, though if there is only property damage and no injuries, then you will have three years.

Evidence Becomes More Difficult to Acquire as Time Goes On

The best chance we will have to prove your case comes from having access to as much evidence as possible. If you wait a year to call us, then it will be difficult to find witnesses, to gather evidence, and to otherwise not only determine exactly what happened but prove it. The sooner you can call us, the better our chances will be to gather the maximum amount of evidence.

Some Jurors Might Be Suspicious if You Wait to File

The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of court – but not all of them are. If you do end up having to go to trial, a juror might wonder why you are only suing a year or two after the incident. They might wonder if this is because you are not as injured as you claim to be. Whether they are legally allowed to consider this in their decision or not, it can affect them subconsciously.

For these and other reasons, we recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 as soon as possible to request your free legal consultation.