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What is a statute of limitation?

Following any type of Washington accident, the first and most pressing issues are to take care of one's health and well-being. But, when the dust finally settles, depending on the severity and nature of the accident, one might want to consider advice on the potential for compensation for injuries.

The statute of limitation is the general term for time between when an incident has occurred, when one discovered or should have discovered a health condition and when one can sue. While this is easy to determine for many injuries, there are instances where health or medical condition may not immediately reveal itself, such as asbestos exposure and lung disease, which could be unnoticeable for decades.

Laws vary by state, and depending on the situation, but a general rule is that one has at least one year to make a claim. This is not true if one wishes to sue the government, however, which could have a statute of limitation as short as 60 days. In some cases, one may even have to file an administrative complaint first.

There likely is a specific period for one to consider filing a claim, following an accident. While the laws do give one ample time, as we all know, time passes far faster than we are aware and before one knows it, the deadline might be approaching. If one or someone they love has been involved in a car accident, as soon as possible they should consider reaching out to a law firm familiar with personal injury and car accidents to determine whether one could be entitled to compensation. This could include, but is not limited, to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, therapy and lost wages.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Is There a Time Limit to File a Lawsuit? What Are Statutes of Limitations?," accessed on May 22, 2017

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