Visitor Question

Is it too late to file an injury claim?

Submitted By: Anonymous (Tucson , AZ)

I was injured in an accident in a parking lot. The other party already took liability. I ended up going to urgent care 7 days later because my shoulder was hurting ever since the accident, and I just couldn’t take it anymore.

Can I still file a injury claim or is it too late? Should I just call his insurance? It’s not anything major, but I am having to go get an MRI & x-rays. What can I do here? Thanks.

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Answer

Dear Anonymous,

It’s not too late for you to pursue your injury claim. Contact the other driver’s insurance company and tell them you want to file a claim. Before calling, be sure to have the driver’s policy information, his or her date of birth, residence address, and contact information. You will likely be assigned to a claims adjuster who will in-turn give you an injury claim number. Be sure to keep the adjuster’s name and claim number. You will need them for future communications.

Let the claims adjuster know you were injured and have incurred medical bills. If the adjuster hasn’t already spoken with the insured, he or she will do so after you report the accident and injury. Because the other driver has already accepted liability for the accident, the adjuster will likely not have a problem with paying for your medical bills and related costs.

You can also speak with a local personal injury attorney. Most personal injury attorneys do not charge any fees for initial office consultations. It would be a good idea to at least sit down with a local attorney to review your case.

Don’t procrastinate. The sooner you move ahead with your claim, the better. The statute of limitations in the State of Arizona for personal injury claims is two (2) years. This means you must either settle your injury claim with the driver or his insurance company,  or file a lawsuit within two (2) years from the date of your injury. Failing to do so can result in a permanent bar to pursuing compensation against the driver who caused your injuries.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 19, 2017

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