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What Is the Statue of Limitations for a Personal Injury Suit in Oklahoma?

Posted on: December 22, 2016 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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It may not occur to you immediately after an auto accident to file a personal injury suit. You may not even realize right away that you have the right to do so. Motorists often assume that such things are handled between insurance companies, and compensation comes in the form of whatever coverage they provide.

Oklahoma is a tort, or fault, state. That means you have the right to sue the at-fault party for compensation for your losses. These losses may include medical expenses, emergency treatment, rehabilitation costs, loss of income and punitive damages. Recovering these damages often goes beyond what an insurance plan will cover.

How Long Can I Wait Before Filing Suit?

Oklahoma law allows up to two years following the cause of the injury for you to file a personal injury lawsuit. The full effects of an injury are often not apparent right away. It is not possible in many cases to know, for example, how long you will be out of work, or even whether you will be able to return to work. Medical costs may continue for some time after the accident, including rehabilitation, medication costs, etc.

How Long Should I Wait?

Until you have a complete picture of the physical, mental and financial impact of an injury, calculating a just compensation is impossible. That is why it is recommended that you do not file a personal injury suit immediately following an accident. You should contact an experienced personal injury law firm as soon after the accident as possible. They will be able to gather the information needed to build a case for you, and maintain records while you recover from the accident.

A reputable law office like Edwards & Patterson will be willing to take your case on a contingency basis, rather than charge an hourly rate for its work. This not only allows you to focus on your recovery free of financial cost, it also demonstrates your lawyer’s confidence in your PI case.

A lawsuit in the hands of an experienced personal injury lawyer working on a contingency basis will best be prosecuted if you wait until your recovery is complete, but within the statute of limitations. Once that deadline has past, a court may dismiss your claim.

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