Q: How long can I wait before I lose my right to compensation after a serious Maryland truck accident?
When you’ve been seriously injured in a Maryland truck crash, your first goal is simply to recover. Worrying about medical bills and insurance claims can come later.
Of course, that’s easier said than done when the bills start arriving in the mail, and the insurance agent starts calling and pressuring you to give a statement or agree to various settlement terms.
Take a deep breath and relax. Turn off the phone. Leave the mail unopened. You do have time. In general, state law allows victims to file a Maryland personal injury lawsuit up to three years after the date the injury (in your case, the crash) occurred.
It’s crucial that you do not rush into agreeing to any settlement terms too soon after the accident. Settling too soon could leave you stuck with more of the bill than you realize. Wait until your treatment is well under way so that you will have a better estimate of exactly how high your medical bills will be.
Often, a serious truck accident in Maryland leaves a victim with multiple injuries, some of which may not even be discovered until others are healing. You may experience setbacks, complications, or other unexpected expenses as your treatment continues. You deserve to be compensated for all of these bills.
You won’t have that opportunity if you’ve already received your compensation. Once you’ve settled with the insurance company, you will not have an option to go back with new injuries and demand more money. This is why lawyers frequently tell clients to focus on healing before tackling any personal injury claims.
For more information on how and when to begin the filing process for a personal injury claim, call the experienced Maryland truck accident attorneys of Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800-875-9700.