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How Long Do I Have Before I Need to Make a Claim for My Auto Accident Injury?

Posted on: November 14, 2016

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An Auto accident injury doesn’t always present itsself immediately; or complications may develop that aren’t apparent at the time of the accident. Consequently, many auto accident victims choose to wait as long as possible before filing a claim. The rationale is that the claim will be incomplete otherwise, and they will be inadequately compensated if they file too soon after the accident.

While this may seem prudent, it doesn’t preclude you from filing a claim right away. In fact, it’s a good idea to get your filing process started as soon as possible. Your claim is likely to be delayed whenever you file; and doing so immediately doesn’t mean you must accept a settlement from the insurance company right away. Although most insurance providers have no set limits on filing claims, there are legal time restrictions in the case of injury claims.

Statute of Limitations on Auto Accident Injury Claims

An auto accident injury claim in Oklahoma has a two-year statute of limitations. This is to allow for you to account for the full extent of injuries, and your treatment, resulting from the accident. Beyond that two-year limit, you run the risk of having your case thrown out if you make a personal injury claim. In the meantime, you should have an open claim to ensure that you’ve got current and accurate information regarding the accident.

The longer you wait to start your claim, the more potential there is for complications to arise that can delay or even derail your claim. For instance, one or both parties relocate or change insurers, or witnesses are no longer accessible or have changed their contact information.

File Your Claim with Expert Help

The bottom line is that you have ample time to file an auto accident injury claim in the state of Oklahoma, and should file soon, but allow time to assess the full extent of your injuries before accepting any settlement from the insurance company. You won’t know what an adequate compensation offer should be until your treatment is completed, and other factors such as loss of income are calculated. Don’t resolve the case before then.

To be certain you receive maximum compensation, hire an expert personal injury lawyer. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault in Eastern Oklahoma, contact Edwards & Patterson. Come in for a free consultation. If you cannot make it to our office in Tulsa or McAlester, we will meet with you.

Our attorneys and staff are invested in more than financial compensation on your behalf. We’re invested in you, your health and well-being. Let us fight your legal battle so you can enjoy your life

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