To learn how long you have to file a car accident claim in North Carolina, you need to learn about the statute of limitations. This statute varies depending on the type of injury claim. (Wrongful death cases follow a different time frame than car accident injuries.) Statutes of limitations can change and may vary with each state. As of this writing, you have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim in the state of North Carolina.
There may be an exception to this, which is based on the discovery rule. Let’s say, for instance, you were involved in an accident on April 15, 2015. Initially, your injuries appear to be minor. After a few months, you discover that what doctors thought was a mild concussion turns out to be a traumatic brain injury.
From the date your injury is discovered, you have three years to file a claim. So even though your accident occurred in 2015, if you didn’t discover the injury until May 1, 2018, you could have three years from the latter date to file.
This is why it’s important to make sure you are thoroughly evaluated by a doctor immediately after your car accident. The sooner you learn about your injuries, the sooner you may pursue a claim to recover compensation for damages related to medical expenses and more.
With a limited time in which to file your car accident claim, it’s not a good idea to delay it any longer than necessary. Contact an attorney at Brent Adams & Associates as soon as possible to get things started, 800-849-5931 or 910-892-8177. The initial consultation with an attorney is free. If you want to review our suggested actions after an accident, request a free copy of our book: 10 Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your North Carolina Car Accident Claim