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How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim for Damages?

When people are seriously injured due to someone else’s actions, there is a great variety in how they react to the situation. It depends a lot on the circumstances of the injury, the person’s personality, and how he or she copes with stressful situations. Some people choose to immediately stand up and fight to seek compensation for the impacts of their injuries through a personal injury claim.

For others, it seems like a more difficult choice, and they wait or choose not to take action against those responsible. The rationale for this is really specific to each individual, but may involve that:

  • It seems like too much trouble.
  • The person doesn’t like confrontation.
  • There is a fear of lawyers or a courtroom.
  • The victim’s health insurance policy has covered most of the medical expenses.
  • The person had built up enough leave that covered the hours of missed work.

What these victims overlook is that they have significant legal rights when it comes to personal injury claims in Nevada. In ignoring their legal rights, they are potentially forfeiting significant financial compensation for what they suffered as a result of another person’s conduct.

Two-Year Statute of Limitation

Nevada Revised Statute 11.190 provides that a lawsuit regarding a personal injury or wrongful death due to the wrongful act or neglect of another must be filed within two years of when the injury was discovered or should have reasonably been discovered. This means that to recover any sort of damages through a personal injury lawsuit, it must be filed within two years, or that ability to obtain relief is lost. If the injured party was a minor, they have until their 20th birthday to file suit.

You Must Act Promptly

Despite that there is a two-year statute of limitations on filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is essential to preserve your legal rights far sooner. There is a great deal of critical evidence that can become lost or diminish over time, which can hinder or stop you from receiving fair compensation from those responsible. When you act quickly and contact a personal injury attorney, that attorney knows exactly what evidence is needed to prepare your strongest case and how to quickly preserve that evidence.

Personal Injury Attorneys: Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.

If you have been seriously injured in a car or truck accident, you need to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You have significant legal rights and may have a claim for damages. At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P., our personal injury attorneys have smart, proven professionals who have obtained millions of dollars in damages on our clients’ behalf. Let us fight for you. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.

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