You should speak with a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible following the accident that caused you or your loved one injuries. Your attorney will not only act immediately to gather and preserve evidence necessary to prove your claim, your lawyer will make sure that you file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations period.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations?
As you may have guessed, the statute of limitations is the time in which you must file your lawsuit following an accident. Failure to file your case within the statute of limitations means that you will be forever prevented from filing a lawsuit for the accident. This is true, even if the other person or people were clearly at fault.
Why Have A Statute Of Limitations?
One of the primary purposes behind the statute of limitations is to preserve evidence.
Physical evidence deteriorates or can get lost over a long period of time. Likewise, eye witness testimony can become less credible due to the fading of our memories over time. Accordingly, the statute of limitations helps to ensure that evidence and personal accounts are preserved by placing a mandatory deadline within which you must file your lawsuit.
What Is Colorado's Statute of Limitations?
For most personal injury lawsuits in Colorado, the statute of limitations period is two (2) years, with a few exceptions. For example, a lawsuit based on medical malpractice must be filed within two years from the date the injury was or should have been discovered. However, you cannot file a medical malpractice case more than three (3) years from the date the injury occurred, even if you discover the injury after that time.
There is a slightly longer statute of limitations for car accident cases. The limitations period for injuries arising from a car accident is three (3) years from the date of the collision. However, you should file your lawsuit as soon as possible following your car accident, and not wait until the statute of limitations period has almost expired.
If you have been injured as a result of someone else's negligence, you should hire a knowledgeable attorney—like those at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal—who knows and understands the statute of limitations. Jeremy Rosenthal and his associates will fight for you and the damages you deserve. Our attorneys work hard for their clients, and are willing to fight for justice on your behalf. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 647-4511 or visit us online.