Advice for Personal Injury Claims in Oregon
There are numerous things that can, and will, be important to each personal injury claim. There are, however, two things we tell every prospective client about their claim. While certain information may apply to different types of claims, these two bits of information apply to all Oregon personal injury cases.
The first piece of advice has to do with the applicable time limitations for a personal injury case. These are called “statute of limitations.” In Oregon, we have a two-year statute of limitation for most claims of negligence. Negligence is usually the claim attorneys use for a personal injury claim. If you fail to settle your claim or file a lawsuit within two years, your claim will be lost forever – there is no going back. Additionally, if you have an injury claim against a public body, a city, county, or the state of Oregon, you must notify them of the claim within 6 months of your claim (longer period for a death).
IMPORTANT – You should always speak with an Oregon personal injury attorney to make sure there are no other time limitations that apply to your case. You may have a claim that has a shorter statute of limitations. The only way to make sure is by talking with a lawyer that practices personal injury law. Our attorneys recommend you do this as soon as possible. Do not wait until the last minute. We commonly turn down prospective clients because they are too close to the statute of limitations.
While this article sets forth some general guidelines regarding the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, your claim may also be subject to one of several exceptions to these rules. The only way to know for sure if you meet an exception to the general rule is to call a personal injury lawyer.
Don’t hesitate to call an attorney for some quick advice. This is all we do and we are glad to help if we can. Most attorneys do not charge for a consultation. Better to be safe than sorry.
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