If you’ve been involved in an accident, chances are you’ve been urged to file your claim quickly. In the event of an accident, you need to seek compensation before the statute of limitations runs out. A personal injury can change your life, leaving you with medical expenses, loss of work, and a painful rehabilitative process.
If you’ve suffered an accident, reaching out to an experienced personal injury law firm can help you recover your damages. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence. At Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers, we believe in fighting for fair compensation.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a way to prevent old cases from being brought up and ensuring that trivial matters do not live beyond a reasonable lifespan.
The statute of limitations for civil cases is the window of time in which you can bring a suit against a negligent party. A statute of limitations can be helpful for both the courts and for any respondents to civil suits.
If, for example, someone had an accident on your property 30 years ago, you shouldn’t have to be worried about facing legal action for that accident for the rest of your life. A statute of limitations helps encourage timely legal action and frees involved parties from the stress of potential legal action after enough time has passed.
It can also help prevent cases with old, unreliable evidence from being filed and keep the civil courts running smoothly.
Nevada Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
In Nevada, the statute of limitations for different accidents varies depending on the circumstances of your accident and the damages you incurred. With that said, it is always best to seek the advice of an experienced lawyer to understand if your specific case falls within timeframe allowed.
Some types of accidents may overlap, meaning that you may be able to pursue compensation for a negligence-based personal injury past the statute of limitation for that case type if you can show that, for example, there was a breach of verbal contract involved in the accident.
The statute of limitations officially begins at such time that the injured party could reasonably be expected to discover the injury. An asbestos exposure suit might be filed decades after the initial exposure, due to the delay in appearance of symptoms.
How Statute of Limitations May Affect Your Case
In most cases, once the statute of limitations has passed, you will not be able to seek compensation. However, speaking to an experienced Nevada personal injury attorney can help you determine what window of time applies and whether the statute of limitations has been tolled.
When a statute of limitations is tolled, the countdown until the end is temporarily paused. In Nevada, there are several situations in which the statute of limitations can be tolled.
- If the victim is found to be mentally incompetent
- If the victim is under the age of 18 with the exception of medical malpractice suits
- If an attorney, veterinarian, or accountant conceals any unlawful act and the plaintiff did not or should not have had knowledge of it
- If the defendant is out-of-state
- If the injured party dies
- If an involved party is a citizen of a country that the United States is at war with
- If the case is overturned
- If the plaintiff could not or should not have reasonably known about the injury
If any of these conditions apply, you may be able to show that the statute of limitations should have been paused. Talk to an attorney as soon as possible to see if your claim can still be filed.
Contact Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers
At Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers, we believe that no one should face a personal injury lawsuit on their own. If you’ve been the victim of an accident, our team may be able to help you recover financial compensation.
Our team of attorneys has over 40 years of cumulative experience. We know how to craft a tough-as-nails case to help you get the compensation you deserve, and we won’t hesitate to fight for your rights in court.