How Long Do I Have To File My Injury Claim?: Idaho Statute of Limitations
If you have been seriously injured in a car, bike, or motorcycle accident, filing a personal injury claim and hiring an attorney are probably the last things on your mind. Painful injuries, expensive medical bills, and inability to work are certainly overwhelming, leaving little time to deal with anything else. That is where we can help.
In Idaho, accident victims have about 2 years to open a claim after an accident. With everything else going on in your life, this can be easy to forget. By hiring an Idaho accident lawyer, we can focus on winning your injury case while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
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Idaho Statute of Limitations
In Idaho, every accident victim has 2 years from the time of their accident to file a personal injury claim. This is called the Idaho statute of limitations. This deadline is very important and serves several functions:
- Prevents victims from filing a claim many years after the accident
- Prevents defendants from worrying about being sued in the future
- Helps the victims because witnesses and evidence are still available
- Sets a limit on a process that could drag on for a long time
The most important thing to remember about the Idaho statute of limitations is to remember it! With all the distractions you deal with after an accident, it can be easy to forget to file a personal injury claim. However, doing so is extremely important. A successful personal injury claim can compensate you for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Physical injury
- Emotional & psychological damage
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Though it may seem like a burden, hiring an attorney to handle your case will ultimately make your post-accident experience much easier.
Idaho Statute of Limitations: Exceptions
Although most accidents fall under the 2 year statute of limitations, there are certain exceptions. In particular, the process changes if your accident involves any type of government organization. This includes, but is not limited to:
- National government entities
- State government entities
- City government entities
- County government entities
If your accident comes at the fault of such a government body, the Idaho statute of limitations changes. Even when the government is clearly to blame, you must file the proper paperwork for your personal injury claim within 180 days. Again, it doesn’t matter that they are clearly at fault. You still have to get the paperwork in within that 180 day period.
Accidents of this nature can be tricky to navigate, especially when dealing with the altered Idaho statute of limitations. That is why we strongly recommend hiring an experienced Idaho accident attorney to help you work through details that otherwise may go unnoticed.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney To Handle My Case?
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters often take advantage of vulnerable accident victims. Insurance companies do not want you to file a personal injury claim, and will attempt to settle with you as quickly and cheaply as possible. To accomplish this, they will often lie about the Idaho statute of limitations. Though they may seem convincing, do not accept this settlement. Every case is unique, and the details of the Idaho statute of limitations can vary on a case by base basis.
You should hire an attorney for several reasons. Most importantly, an attorney can help you:
- File your claim within the Idaho statute of limitations
- Work out the legal details of your case (as it applies to the Idaho statute of limitations)
- Work directly with insurance adjusters to get a fair settlement
- Work with doctors and other professionals
- Help you obtain compensation that is usually 3 times more than what you would receive from an insurance company or by representing yourself.
Call an Idaho Accident Attorney Today
Pursuing a personal injury claim can be a difficult and time-consuming process, especially when done alone. That is where we can help. While you focus on recovering from your injuries and taking care of your family, we will start your case within the Idaho statute of limitations and help you get the compensation you need and deserve. Also, do not worry about paying expensive attorney fees. We work on a contingency basis, which means if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us anything.
If you have been severely injured in an Idaho car, bike, or motorcycle accident, call and speak with one of our attorneys at Hansen Injury Law today. Let us focus on winning your case while you focus on recovering physically and financially from your accident.