You must be aware of the time limits for filing personal injury in North Carolina.
Personal injury is a broad term encompassing any injury you suffer as the direct result of a third party’s negligence.
Whether your injury is mild or severe, you have the right to recover for your damages. A Charlotte personal injury attorney can review the strengths and weaknesses of your case and assist you with creating a strategy for obtaining the best possible results.
Time Limits for Filing Personal Injury
North Carolina law provides a statute of limitations, or time limit, for when you must file your lawsuit against the negligent party responsible for your injuries. A statute of limitations starts running at the time a claim accrues. Generally, a claim accrues at the time the injury occurs.
- Personal injury – Negligence claims must be filed within three years of the date upon which bodily harm caused by the negligent act is or should have been apparent, whichever occurs first.
- Medical malpractice – You have three years for all general medical malpractice claims. However, if your claim is the result of a foreign object being left in your body, you have one year from the discovery of the error to file a lawsuit. No claim for medical malpractice can by brought after 10 years from the last act of the defendant giving rise to the cause of action.
- Products liability – You have six years from the date you purchased the product to file an action for your injuries.
The Right Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer
A Charlotte personal injury lawyer can review the circumstances surrounding your accident and help you determine when and if you should file a lawsuit to recover for damages.
Let an attorney at The Law Office of Estwanik & May, PLLC help you file your personal injury claim and obtain the compensation you deserve.