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What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim?

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Personal Injury |

When dealing with personal injuries in Virginia, whether from a car accident, slip-and-fall accident, or other incidents, it is crucial to understand the legal time limits for filing a claim or the statute of limitations. Adherence to these deadlines can increase your chances of retaining your right to claim compensation.

Statute of limitations and the discovery rule

In Virginia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury. However, under the discovery rule, this period begins after discovering the injury. This rule ensures that individuals can seek compensation even if the injury’s effects are not immediately apparent.

Claiming compensation in Virginia

If you suffered from a personal injury in Virginia and are considering seeking compensation, take note of these steps:  

  • Seek immediate medical attention: Prioritize your health and assess your injuries professionally.
  • Document everything: Keep a detailed record of the accident, your injuries and any treatments received. Collect all accident evidence, such as photos, witness statements and official reports.
  • Report the incident: Notify the relevant authorities or responsible parties about the accident, such as your insurance provider and law enforcement.
  • Keep track of expenses: Record all related expenses, including medical bills, travel costs to medical appointments and lost wages.

During the claims process, limit what you share publicly or on social media about the incident and any ongoing negotiations or litigation.

Taking legal steps

Claiming compensation for a personal injury requires attention and careful planning. With these steps and proper legal guidance, you can increase your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.

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