In most injury cases suit must
be filed within one year
In Louisiana, "prescription"
is the same as "statute of limitations" in other
states. Most personal injury suits must be filed before the
one year anniversary of the actual accident date or the cause
of action is lost. With that said, you should never wait to
obtain the advice of an attorney. Some time periods to file
suit may be very short in your particular case.
YOU SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY
WITHIN MINUTES OR HOURS, NOT DAYS OR WEEKS. Otherwise, you
may unknowingly make a statement or undertake an act that
could damage your case.
Furthermore, an attorney cannot prepare
a lawsuit adequately and provide quality representation to
a client who comes in five days before the anniversary date
of the accident and all of a sudden wants to file suit.
In order to obtain quality legal representation
and insure the value of your case is preserved, you need to
retain the services of an attorney immediately after an accident
and not wait for any time periods to run.
Some suits can be filed even
though it has been more than a year
Under some circumstances, a suit can
be filed more than a year after the accident. If, in fact,
you are prevented from filing your claim within a year by
some act of the person who injured you, or because you simply
didn't know who injured you, or if you weren't even damaged
until more than a year after the act, then under some very
limited circumstances you may still be able to file suit.
This is a situation that would require the immediate attention
of an attorney and time is of the essence.
If you have been injured, make
an appointment immediately
In closing, regarding time limits for
filing suits, clients must resist the temptation to simply
put things off. If you have been injured, make an appointment
for a free consultation.
IF YOU ARE INJURED BADLY AND CANNOT COME
IN, STEVE ROBERTS WILL COME TO YOU.