Anyone who has suffered injuries due to the negligence of other individuals while in the state of Louisiana may, understandably, wish to seek compensation for their losses. The state allows them to do this if certain elements exist in their cases. They simply have to file personal injury claims against those believed responsible for their losses within a specific time frame and work their way through the legal system. How much time are victims given to seek relief?
When it comes to filing certain civil claims, there are time limits for how long victims have to get it done. Statutes of limitations exist so that victims can seek compensation for their losses, but also so those accused of causing these losses know that, at some point, they will no longer be able to be held liable. No one should have to go through life worried that someone could take them to court at any time.
As far as personal injury cases are concerned, victims have one year from the date the injury occurred, or from the date the damage was discovered, to take legal action. That may seem like a lot of time to some, but a year can fly by, especially if one is focusing on recovery. If one waits and files a claim after the statute of limitation passes, then he or she may be out of luck.
After suffering a personal injury, it is okay to take one's time and focus on getting better. A civil claim does not have to be filed immediately. However, if pursuing relief through legal means is something one is interested in, getting the process started well before the statute of limitations is up would be a wise decision. An experienced attorney can help those who are on the fence about pursuing personal injury claims in the state of Louisiana, or those who wish to start the claims process, by reviewing case details, offering guidance, filing any applicable civil claims -- if desired and appropriate -- and seeking resolution through negotiation or litigation.