Most people think that lawsuits are filed immediately. This is not always the case. Circumstances, such as an injury or uncertainty about the merits of your case, may mean that you have not filed a lawsuit right away. If you have been injured in a car accident, or if your car has been damaged in an accident, under Nebraska Revised Statute 25-207, the statute of limitations is four years from the date of the accident. You can file your court claim within that window and still have your case heard.
The Importance of Acting Quickly
While it may seem that four years is a lot of time, time passes very quickly. However, while time passes quickly, it also makes people forget details. You should immediately file a claim with your insurance company so that you can document the circumstances of your personal and property injuries. You should also contact an experienced personal injury attorney, who can guide you during this difficult period.
By filing your lawsuit within the four-year statute of limitations, you will be able to utilize the court system and be made whole. Your attorney will work on your behalf in order to try your case in court or negotiate an appropriate settlement with the opposing party. Your attorney will ensure that your rights are safeguarded.
Your Nebraska car accident attorney will include all parties in the initial claim. This is important because the statute of limitations runs on all parties. If, after a couple of years, it is determined that a third party was partially at fault for the accident, the statute of limitations does not start at the time of the determination—it starts on the day of the accident. This means that your attorney will have a limited amount of time to investigate the third party's percentage of fault, which could affect the outcome of your case.
The Value of Legal Assistance
Steffens Law Offices is a Nebraska personal injury law firm located in Broken Bow, NE. William V. Steffens and Jeremiah J. Luebbe are personal injury attorneys with nearly 30 years of combined experience. Please call us at 308-872-8327 to schedule a free consultation. Our Nebraska auto accident lawyers are ready to help you.